Pratt & Whitney Completes First Run of Embraer Phenom 100 Engine

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Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. (P&WC) on June 29 successfully conducted the first run of its new PW617F engine, which is slated to power Embraer's forthcoming Phenom 100 light jet when it makes its first flight in mid-2007. The PW617F leverages the extensive testing already accumulated by the PW600 family, which will also power the Eclipse 500 and Cessna Mustang very light jets. In its PW617F configuration, the engine features a dual-channel full authority digital electronic control "best-in-class" environmental friendliness. The engine has now entered into an extensive test program, from individual component rig testing to complete in-flight performance demonstrations leading to engine certification in the fourth quarter 2007. "This milestone is a big step toward the first flight of the first Phenom 100 in mid-2007," said Hermann Ponte e Silva, Embraer Vice-President, Programs ó Executive Jets. "We are very pleased with the partnership we have developed with Pratt & Whitney Canada for the Phenom jets."

Meanwhile, Embraer said its Phenom 100 program continues on track for deliveries to begin in mid-2008 and is now in its detailed design and certification phase. Among other equipment, the new jet will feature a brake-by-wire system with anti-skid capability, plus Garminís all-glass, fully-integrated Prodigy avionics suite as standard equipment. The Phenom 100 will accommodate four passengers in a typical club-seating configuration and offer maximum operating speed of Mach 0.70. Range will be 1,160 nm with NBAA IFR reserves and its maximum ceiling will be FL410. The Phenom 100 is priced at $2.85 million in January 2005 economic conditions and is expected to enter service in mid-2008.