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March 2007 edition

Product line investment will enhance jets, says Embraer

Embraer reports that heavy investment in new production line technologies is set to enhance the assembly of "revolutionary" aircraft.

Luís Carlos Affonso, Embraer executive vp Executive Jets, says: "More than 800 Embraer engineers are engaged in the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 programmes."

He says Embraer has invested heavily in production line technologies including automated riveting machines; composite material production, as in the case of the pressure bulkheads for the Phenom jets; and also in construction of new facilities for the production, final assembly, painting and interior completion of both aircraft.

Final assembly of the Phenom 100 prototype is at the production plant in São José dos Campos. First flight of the Phenom 100 is scheduled for midyear and certification and entry....

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