Embraer Phenom 300 earns ANAC type certification

Washington DC
Source: Flightglobal.com
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Embraer's Phenom 300 light jet has achieved type and production certificates from Brazil's Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC).

US Federal Aviation Administration type certification is expected to be granted in the coming weeks and first delivery, says an Embraer spokeswoman, is expected "soon".

Embraer has also disclosed the final FAA price for the Phenom 300 to be $8.14 million under 2010 economic conditions, up from 6.85 million based on 2005 economic conditions.

Executive vice president Luís Carlos Affonso for Embraer Executive Jets says the Phenom 300 has "has not only met all original specification targets, but has also surpassed many performance goals."

Embraer says the Pratt & Whitney PW535E engines exceeded range expectations by 9.5%, besting the original 1,800nm range estimate by 171nm with six occupants and NBAA IFR reserves.

Additionally, takeoff field performance, initially estimated at 3,700 feet, has been reduced by more than 15% to 3,138 ft at maximum takeoff weight, while landing distance at maximum landing weight has been improved by 329 ft to 2,621 ft.

“After working hard to meet design criteria and certification requirements, we are finally approaching the first Phenom 300 delivery. The aircraft’s performance demonstrates the top quality of our engineering,” said Humberto Pereira, Embraer vice president of engineering for Executive Jets.

The single-pilot Phenom 300 can be flown in either visual or instrument flight conditions.

The Phenom 300 features the Prodigy avionics suite, based on Garmin's G1000 platform and features the company's SmartProbes technology, which eliminates the Angle of Attack sensor, along with related pneumatic tubing, pressure lag and pressure checks on the flight line. Embraer initially introduced the electronically interfaced probes for its commercial E-Jet line of aircraft.

The aircraft also features carbon brakes, which Embraer claims require 60% fewer replacements and a brake-by-wire system, hot bleed anti-ice on the horizontal stabilizer,  as well as single point refueling.

The Phenom's production systems has also received the stamp of approval from ANAC with the granting of a production certificate through compliance with the Phenom 300 Organization Production System (SOP), a process that first began in June 2007. The main characteristics considered by ANAC were project and material control, manufacturing process, final dispatch and continuous airworthiness, which are part of the Production Organization Manual (MOP).