Embraer Phenom 100 is certified

(L-R) Embraer VP Engineering Humberto Pereira, VP Programs Executive Jets Henrique Langenegger, VP Product Integrity Antônio Victorazzo and Senior Mgr Phenom Program Alexandre Figueiredo, with the FAA type certificate awarded to the Phenom 100 on Dec 12.

Embraer's Phenom 100 light jet received Brazilian type certification on Dec 9. In a ceremony at the company's headquarters in Sao Jose dos Campos, Embraer Exec VP Executive Jets Luis Carlos Affonso said, "I am thrilled to announce that the Phenom 100 has not only met all original specification targets, but has surpassed several performance goals."

Senior VP Engineering Emilio Matsuo added, "The Phenom 100 was conceived, developed, and certified in less than 4 years, which is very noteworthy." News of Brazilian certification was followed quickly by the Dec 12 announcement that FAA has also certified the Phenom 100.

FAA granted US certification based on Brazil's Agencia Nacional de Aviacao Civil (ANAC) type certificate. EASA certification is expected in the 2nd quarter of 2009. The aircraft's maximum range, originally projected to be 1160 nm, has been extended to 1178 nm (with 4 occupants and NBAA IFR reserves).

An optional enhanced-takeoff-performance package was included in the aircraft certification, resulting in a 3125-ft takeoff field length at MTOW. Standard takeoff field length is 3400 ft as initially specified.

For departures from airports with restrictions due to high temperatures or high elevations, or both, takeoff climb performance has also surpassed the design target, providing up to 300 nm extra range. Another performance improvement was achieved with the landing distance, verified as 2699 ft at maximum landing weight-301 ft shorter than initially specified.

Powered by 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F-E turbofans, the Phenom 100's fuel consumption is confirmed as better than originally estimated, saving as much as 3.6% on longer trips.

The flight test campaign also validated the Phenom 100's top speed of 390 kts-10 kts faster than initially projected. The aircraft is capable of climbing directly to its maximum cruise altitude of FL 410, even at MTOW.

Embraer expects to deliver the first customer aircraft shortly. The company has announced that it is ready to support clients and operations through its executive jets customer support and services organization. Embraer recently inaugurated 4 executive jet service centers in the US and Europe.

The entire network will comprise 7 wholly owned and 38 authorized service centers, worldwide. The Embraer CAE Training Services joint venture has already trained the first Phenom 100 customers, and service center technicians have received training to perform maintenance on the Phenom 100.

A newly implemented customer contact center is operational. Meanwhile, Embraer's new parts distribution center, operated by UPS Supply Chain Solutions in Louisville KY, has also been certified and is set to begin operations. On Dec 4, Embraer broke ground on its 1st US aircraft assembly plant and customer center at MLB (Melbourne FL).

The 150,000 sq ft facility will house a final assembly line to produce both the Phenom 100 and 300, as well as housing a paint shop, delivery center and customer design center. This plant is scheduled for completion in 2010.

Full rate production for the plant is planned to be 8 aircraft per month. Embraer's MLB plant will become its executive jets customer center for configuration of the Phenom, Legacy and Lineage. Customers will be able to design their jet's interior with the use of high-end 3D visualization technology, supported by a showroom with a vast collection of interior finishing materials. -Rob Seaman


International Jet Aviation has added a King Air 90 to its charter operation at APA (Centennial, Denver CO). The King Air was refurbished and completed with Raisbeck's King Air Epic package. These additions to the aircraft include new Hartzell propeller blades, conformal storage lockers on the wings behind the engines and strakes on the aft fuselage. With these additions, International Jet's King Air will be used for better access to smaller airports around the region. According to International Jet General Mgr Sam Gilliss, the King Air will allow his company to offer a more economical option for executive travel.

Cessna has delivered the first Citation XLS+ to an undisclosed US customer. The company already has 200 orders for the XLS+. First announced in Oct 2006, this latest variant of the Citation Excel features Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics and Pratt & Whitney Canada PW545C FADEC engines.

Former Lockheed Martin Chairman & CEO receives Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy for leadership in aerospace industry

Former Lockheed Martin Chairman & CEO Norm Augustine was awarded the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy for his leadership in the aerospace industry. Augustine's career began 50 years ago at Douglas Aircraft. He has since served as president of AIA, been a member of the board of directors for Lockheed Martin, ConocoPhillips, Black & Decker and Procter & Gamble. He has also received the Dept of Defense's Distinguished Service Medal 5 times. Augustine quoted Dean Kaman in his attribution to his success over the years by saying, "Success is not the absence of failure." He added, "People forget the Wright Flyer was destroyed in a crash after the first flight." (Main photo) NAA Chairman Walter Boyn (L) presents the trophy to Augustine. (Upper R) Augustine with NTSB Chairman Mark Rosenker. (Lower R) Bombardier Mgr Public Affairs & Trade Associations Leo Knaapen, Chief Pilot Learjet Flight Ops Rick Rowe, Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy 2007 recipient Astronaut Gene Cernan and Bombardier VP Government Affairs Oakley Brooks.

Microsoft has launched the latest version of its ESP visual simulation software development platform. This new version offers support for multichannel displays, will expand the view from a single-cockpit screen view to a full-panoramic visual environment. Improvements to the software will make simulations built on ESP suited for first-responder training, ground transportation training, route familiarization, mission rehearsal, and rescue and recovery operations. Users are able to use various tools in the software to tailor video game like environments to their needs in training, workforce readiness, decision-making and improving operational performance.

Kenji Takeda, senior lecturer, School of Engineering Sciences at the University of Southampton, says, "It is important to be able to apply a variety of techniques in order to accurately solve challenging problems such as a helicopter interacting with a ship air wake." Working closely with partners to define and prioritize feature sets, Microsoft will be disclosing additional capabilities over the course of the software development cycle of ESP version 2.0. One of ESP's key features is that it works on Windows-based commercial-off-the-shelf hardware and software and doesn't require special computers or setups to run.


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