Embraer’s fourth Phenom 100 took off for the first time on March 26 from Embraer’s Gaviao Peixoto plant, in outstate Sao Paulo, Brazil. The event marked the beginning of the Phenom 100’s maturity campaign that will simulate, via an intensive flight schedule, real operating conditions, including exposure to extreme hot and cold weather.
At the present time, Embraer is performing certification tests with the first three aircraft. So far, the flight tests, totaling 530 hours, have already checked flutter and stall, flight quality, and performance and the Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS), and other systems and features of the Phenom 100.
Certification for the Phenom 100 is expected in mid-2008. Embraer expects to deliver between 10 and 15 jets by the end of this year, and the first customer Phenom 100 is already in preassembly.
According to Aero-News.Net