Embraer is to begin series production of the Phenom 100 next month as the Brazilian airframer advances towards certification and first deliveries of the very light jet in the third quarter. Its manufacturing facility in Botucatu, 230km (143 miles) east of Sao Paulo, is gearing up to manufacture the Phenom´s wing and fuselage at a rate of six aircraft a month by year-end. The parts will then be shipped 160km by road to the Phenom final assembly and flight testing facility at Gaviao Peixoto.
"We are building a 5,000m hangar which will be dedicated to Phenom fuselage manufacture and we will build the fuselage for the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 light jet in the existing hangar," says Almir Borges, director of the Botucatu facility.
The company is on course to receive US and Brazilian certification in August early September, European approval is scheduled for around April 2009.