Type (Muster) Very light business jet (ultraleichter Geschäftsreisejet)
Embraer (Emprese Brasileire de Aeronautica S.A.)
Av. Brig. Faria Lima 2170
12227-901 Sao José dos Campos
Internet : www.embraerexecuitvejets.com
Based on market assessments, Embraer had estimated demand for approximately 3000 Very Light, Entry and Light jets over the next decade (as of the porgramme announcement on 3 May 2005). Embraer hoped to win 30 per cent of this market.
Embraer increased the price of the Phenom 100 to 2,85 million US-Dollars (January 2005 economic conditions) as of 1 June 2006.
The list price was given as 2,75 million US-Dollars at the time of programme announcement in May 2005.
Operating costs of 400 US-Dollars per hour were mentioned in November 2005.
At the time of the announcement on 3 May 2005, Embraer said that development of the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 will cost 235 million US-Dollars, to be funded by the partners, financial institutions and the companies cash.
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The Phenom 100 is Embraers entry into the business jet market, announced together with the larger Phenom 300. Distinctive features as promoted by the manufacturer are:
- the largest interior in the very light business jet class, created by the BMW Group DesignworksUSA, with an “Oval Lite” cabin profile
- cockpit with Prodigy flight deck, based on Garmin´s G1000 avionics system. The panel features three 12-inch displays, with two PFDs and one multi-function display.
- Garmin avionics, including the GFC 700 three axis, fully digital, dual channel, fail passive AFCS (Automatic Flight Control System)
Subassemblies are to be produced by Neiva, with final assembly at Embraers Gaviao Peixoto plant.
Among the partners for the Phenom 100 are Pratt & Whitney, Garmin and Eaton Aerospace (hydraulics, flap actuators, thrust control, landing gear control lever, landing gear hydraulic components).
Rumours that Embraer is going to enter the light jet/very light jet market were surfacing in the autumn of 2004. At that time, market surveys and customer presentations with nine different concept aircraft were under way.
The entry of Embraer in the Very Light Jet and Light markets was approved by the Board of Directors in April 2005. The investment was said to be 235 million US-Dollars. It was officially announced on 3 May 2005. At that time, a service entry of mid-2008 was announced.
Embrer began taking orders for the Phenom 100 in June 2005.
By the autumn of 2005, some 300 to 350 engineers form Embraer and its suppliers were working on the joint definition phase of the VLJ. A first flight in the first quarter of 2007 was envisaged. A change in fuselage cross section from circular to slightly egg shaped was made.
The name Phenom 100 was announced on 9 November 2005 at the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Florida. A full-scale mock-up was also shown there, featuring the cabin desgned by BMW DesignworksUSA. Garmin was announced as the avionics supplier.
In early 2006 it was said that first metal cut for the Phenom 100 could be in June, with final assembly starting in 2007 for a first flight in the second quarter.
The Joint Definition phase was completed in March 2006 with a preliminary design review, using a digital mock-up created with the CATIA V5 engineering software. Detailed design then got under way, with drawing releases starting almost immediately (Quck Attachment Device).
Production should be 100 aircraft in 2009, it was said in the spring of 2006.