Phenom 300 Program On Track

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Embraer says it's on track to certify its Phenom 300 light jet by the end of the year. The fifth prototype flew for the first time on Aug. 8 and it's likely to become a familiar sight on the airshow and trade show circuit since it has the fully developed BMW-designed interior. Its predecessors are going through the usual indignities of the certification program, being subjected to cold, heat, electromagnetic radiation and generally being wrung out. No. 5 gets a more genteel assignment. "With this fifth aircraft, we will validate the robustness of the Phenom 300 under normal operating conditions and the superior comfort of its interior, which was designed in partnership with BMW Group DesignworksUSA," said Mauricio Almieda, Embraer's VP of executive jet programs.

The fifth aircraft was displayed at the Latin America Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (LABACE) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The aircraft is now being used for "maturity tests," including assessment of its single-point refueling system, externally serviced lavatory and low-altitude pressurized cabin.