Sat, Mar 31, 2007
VLJ's Design, Production Planning Simulated Digitally
newest very-light-jet has started to take shape in Brazil. Embraer
reports that the first Phenom 100 fuselage and wing have been
completed at the Company's Botucatu plant, in outstate Sao Paulo.
The aircraft is now at the Sao Jose dos Campos facility for
wing-fuselage mating, and final assembly.
As Aero-News reported earlier this
week, the two PW617 Pratt & Whitney Canada engines
have also been received by Embraer. The light turbofans are due to
be installed in April.
"We are thrilled to announce yet another key milestone in the
Phenom 100 program," said Luis Carlos Affonso, Embraer Executive
Vice-President, Executive Jets. "The advanced technology applied to
the Phenom 100 product design and manufacturing has enabled a
smooth assembly of the fuselage and wings, and we have already
begun the production of the second aircraft."
Embraer notes the design and production planning of the Phenom
jets are entirely digital. The manufacturing of all primary parts
was simulated via a digital manufacturing, and virtual
After simulation, the main structures of the first Phenom 100
were built with an automated riveting machine.
With the advance of the final assembly of the first jet, the
main fuselage sections and structures of the second Phenom 100
aircraft have begun the initial assembly process.
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