FAA Certifies Phenom 100

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Three days after getting the official nod from Brazilian aviation authorities, the FAA has certified Embraer's Phenom 100 entry-level jet. The paperwork was signed Friday and the first of the $3.6 million jets will be in customer hands within days. "We are thrilled to announce that the Phenom 100 is certified by the FAA, as planned, confirming all of the exceptional performance characteristics previously approved by ANAC [the FAA's Brazilian counterpart]," said Luís Carlos Affonso, Embraer Executive Vice President, Executive Jets. "U.S. certification validates the jet's design and its suitability for one of the most important business aviation markets."

Embraer has already laid the groundwork for the aircraft as they are delivered. A network of service centers has been established throughout the U.S. and in other countries. The first aircraft will come from Brazil but a new assembly plant in Melbourne, Fla. is under construction and will be used to complete the Phenom 100 and its larger stablemate, the Phenom 300.