Embraer Reports Progress with Phenoms

Business Jet Traveler » June 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009 - 5:00am

Embraer's Phenom 100 entry-level jet received European Aviation Safety Association certification in April. The Brazilian manufacturer introduced the five-passenger twinjet in 2005 and earned certification last December from the Brazilian Agencia Nacional de Aviacao Civil and the FAA. As of late April, 14 Phenom 100s had been delivered. Meanwhile, Embraer is deeply involved in certification tests of the Phenom 300, which the manufacturer expects will obtain FAA and Brazilian approval by year-end. The manufacturer's Legacy 450 and 500 are entering the detailed design phase, with certification pegged for the second half of 2013 and 2012.

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