In May 2005, Embraer launched the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300, which are executive jets in the very light and light jet categories, respectively. Total research and development and capital expenditures relating to the new jets is expected to be approximately US$235.0 million. Embraer expected this program will be funded by risksharing partners, financial institutions and internal cash generation.
The Phenom 300 will carry up to nine people and have a larger fuselage and wingspan and longer range than the Phenom 100. It will be powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada's PW535E engine and is expected to enter into service in mid-2009. Pratt & Whitney Canada, Garmin, and Eaton are Embraer's risk-sharing partners for this program. The Phenom 100 maiden flight took place in June 2007, the first flight was preceded by several weeks of ground tests. The results confirmed the Phenom 100's operations throughout ground vibration, flight control, low and high-speed taxiing, and systems functionality and integration tests.
The first Phenom 300 performed its maiden flight on 29 April 2008, and has accumulated more than 100 test hours, to date. The second Phenom 300 flew on 05 August 2008, while the third and fourth aircraft are in the assembly and sub-assembly phases, respectively. The first four jets will be used exclusively for certification and maturity campaigns, and two other airframes will be subjected to structural evaluations.
In 2007 Embraer announced the extension of the Phenom 300 cabin by 14 inches (35 cm), without impacting either the performance or the price of the aircraft. The cabin extension enhances passenger space and comfort, and allows for additional layout configurations. The Phenom 300 is designed to deliver the highest speed in its category and the lowest operating cost, with outstanding hot-and-high performance.
Premium comfort, outstanding performance and low operating costs are key design drivers for the Phenom 300 best-in-class jet. With the interior designed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA, the aircraft will offer pilots and passengers the comfort and style previously unknown in its category. The relaxing ambience is enhanced by generous windows and the most ample cabin in its class. Onboard conveniences include a wardrobe and refreshment center, an aft cabin private lavatory with toiletry cabinet, satellite communications, and a modern entertainment system. The pilot-friendly cockpit and the docile flying qualities of the new aircraft will enable single pilot operation. Drawing from Embraer's design and engineering experience, the Phenom 300 is designed for high utilization and availability. For added safety and reliability, the jet will offer a standard anti-skid brake-by-wire system, with carbon brakes.
Based on Garmin's all-glass, fully-integrated avionics suite, the Prodigy® flight deck offers Phenom jet operators more advantages than any other avionics suite on today's market. The cockpit features three interchangeable 12-inch displays - two Primary Flight Displays (PFD) and one Multi- Function Display (MFD). The system integrates all primary flight, navigation, communication, terrain, traffic, weather, engine instrumentation, and crew-alert data, and presents the composite information in brilliant, sunlight-readable color on three highdefinition displays.
With a configuration to accommodate up to ten occupants, the Phenom 300 jet has a huge 76- cubic-foot (2.15-cubic-meter) baggage capacity that will conveniently transport passengers' luggage, golf bags and skis. Two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535E engines, with 3,200 pounds of thrust each, power this jet. Its range with six occupants will be 1,800 nautical miles (3,334 km or 2,071 miles) with NBAA IFR reserves (35 minutes of holding and 100 nm alternate). The aircraft is capable of flying at 45,000 feet (13,716 meters), has a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.78, and is also designed for short-field takeoffs. These capabilities will permit customers to fly nonstop from London (UK) to Reykjavik (Iceland), the Azores, Cairo (Egypt), Tel Aviv (Israel) or Moscow (Russia) at a lower cost than competitive aircraft, including turboprops.
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