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Phenom 300 reaches maturity

With the first flight of the next-stage Phenom 300 aircraft (the fifth), Embraer’s light jet program achieved an important milestone toward certification. The aircraft, the first with a completed interior, will be exhibited at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE).

After the exhibition, the airplane will be used for function and reliability tests and will go through a ‘maturity campaign’, when important functions and features such as its single point refueling, externally serviced lavatory and low cabin altitude are trialed.

“The current fleet of four prototypes has accumulated over 850 test flight hours,” said Maurício Almeida, Embraer vice-president, executive jets. “With this fifth aircraft, we will validate the robustness of the Phenom 300 under normal operating conditions and the superior comfort of its interior, which was designed in partnership with BMW Group DesignworksUSA.”

The first prototype (PP-XVI) has been used for flight quality and performance evaluation. Up until now, the aircraft has performed ground vibration, anti-icing system and undrainable fuel tests, as well as stall, crosswind take-off and landing, flutter and high-speed tests. The airplane was also used for the aerodynamic configuration finalization. The anti-icing system was verified under natural ice conditions and the airframe is currently being evaluated under simulated icing conditions.
 


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