Embraer’s fourth Phenom 100 jet successfully concluded its cold soak tests on April 14, moving ahead with the aircraft’s maturity campaign. The test was performed at a well-known climate laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Its objective is to certify the aircraft’s strength and the functioning of the plane and its components under condition of extreme cold.
On its first trip to the United States, the Phenom 100 jet remained in a cold chamber for over 12 hours, down to a temperature of -40°F. The engines, systems, batteries, opening and closing of the door, and internal temperature were tested, among other things. All of the results were very positive. The cold soak tests not only certify the airplane’s functioning under extreme temperature conditions, but also provide valuable information for more robust and simplified procedures for operations in a cold climate.
The fourth Phenom 100 jet flew for the first time on March 26, this year, at Embraer’s Gaviao Peixoto plant, in outstate Sao Paulo. It is taking part in the maturity campaign, consisting of an intensive schedule of tests under real operating conditions, including exposure to extremes of heat and cold.
At the same time, Embraer is carrying out the certification campaign with the first three Phenom 100 aircraft. So far, vibration, stall, flight quality, performance, and the Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS), as well as other systems and aircraft features, have been tested.
According to Aero-News.Net