When Embraer said its Phenom 100 would receive its FAA approval "soon" after the entry level executive jet earned Brazilian certification, they meant it. On Friday, Embraer announced the FAA has certified the aircraft, and first deliveries will begin next week.
"We are thrilled to announce that the Phenom 100 is certified by the FAA, as planned, confirming all of the exceptional performance characteristics previously approved by ANAC," said Luis Carlos Affonso, Embraer Executive Vice President, Executive Jets. "US certification validates the jet’s design and its suitability for one of the most important business aviation markets."The FAA granted US Type Certificate based upon Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency’s (Agencia Nacional de Aviao Civil – ANAC) Type Certificate, which as ANN reported was issued on December 9. EASA certification is expected for the second quarter of 2009. As with the Brazilian approval, the FAA certified the Phenom 100 for operation in all conditions -- day and night, VFR and IFR, and for flight into known icing.