Embraer Aircraft has been awarded the 2011 Impact Award by the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce in Florida, which recognizes the contribution of aviation companies to the area’s economy. Embraer is receiving the award for the development of a final-assembly center for the company’s Phenom Executive Jets as well as its global Customer Center.
For the last three years, Embraer has had a mock-up of the Phenom 100 jet at its exhibit at Sun ‘n Fun.
This year, an actual jet was at the show.
Deliveries of the Phenom 100, which was certified by the FAA in December 2008, have just begun. So far, 12 jets have been delivered, all in the United States. The first delivery went to a couple in Houston, Betsy and James Frost. The couple, who took delivery in late December, have since put more than 80 hours on the jet, taking turns flying PIC, according to Clint Clouatre, senior manager of marketing for Embraer Executive Jets.
“That jet is constantly flying,” he said.
Lennemann, who has 22 years of aviation experience, has been a Duncan Aviation Service Sales Rep since 2003. Donahue has 15 years of experience and has been a Duncan Aviation Service Sales Rep since 2000.
The FAA certified Embraer’s Phenom 100 very light jet on Dec. 12, just three days after it received Brazilian certification. The first one is scheduled for customer delivery within a few days.
Embraer, like Cessna, seems to have the certification procedure well in hand, along with the ability to deliver and service its products. Well ahead of deliveries the company had established a world-wide network of service centers and a U.S. assembly plant is being built at Melbourne, Fla., where Phenom 100 and the larger Phenom 300 aircraft will be completed.
The Phenom 100 is a $3.6 million VLJ described by Embraer as “an entry-level jet.”