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Embraer's Phenom 100 executive jet certified by EASA

Embraer's Phenom 100 entry level executive jet was certified, today, by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), for day and night operations – Visual Flight Rules (VFR) and Instrument Flight Rules (IFR), Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM), and flight into known icing conditions. The aircraft was also certified by the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil – ANAC) and by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), last December.

"We are honored to receive EASA certification for the Phenom 100 on schedule, confirming the aircraft has met or surpassed all original specification targets, and opening the way for the first deliveries in the European Union," said Maurício Almeida Filho, Embraer Vice President, Programs – Executive Jets. "Embraer is committed to making quality products for the executive jet market, offering them with full certification, and technical and maintenance support."

"The Phenom 100 is the first executive jet in its category where the full certification process fell under the responsibility of EASA. Aviation is an international business and this project has once more proven that our common goal is to increase safety. We thank the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency and Embraer for their enthusiasm and accuracy," said Dr. Norbert Lohl, EASA's Certification Director.

Some of the capabilities of the aircraft were exceeded, including a maximum cruising speed of 390 knots (True Air Speed – TAS), 10 knots faster than promised, and fuel consumption up to 3.6% better than initial estimates. External noise levels enjoy a 33 EPNdB (Effective Perceived Noise in Decibels) margin over the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) stage IV requirements. The longest interval between scheduled maintenance – 600 FH (Flight Hours) or 12 months – gives the Phenom 100 a huge advantage over competitors by requiring only five scheduled maintenance stops in five years. Takeoff and climb performance is also better than expected. The baggage compartment that was the largest in the category became even larger, gaining 8 cubic feet (227 liters), from 45 cubic feet (1,274 liters) to 53 cubic feet (1,501 liters).

Press release issued by Embraer-Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. on April 27, 2009


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