Phenom 300 receives FAA production certificate in Melbourne, Florida
Embraer Executive Jets in Melbourne, Florida has received the Phenom 300 FAA production certificate. This allows the facility to assemble Phenom 300s in the United States, previously those assembled in Melbourne have been certified under a type certificate granted to those built in Brazil.
The company marked the certification with a luncheon celebration on May 15 when local dignitaries and FAA joined employees for the presentation of the certificate.
“It has been less than a year since our Melbourne assembly facility received its first production certification from the Federal Aviation Administration for the Phenom 100,” said Ernest Edwards, president, Embraer Executive Jets. “Now we have our second certificate covering the Phenom 300, a significant milestone for Embraer Executive Jets. This facility is a little over two years old and it illustrates the hard work and dedication of our employees.”
The Phenom 300 joined the assembly line in September with the first made-in-the-USA Phenom 300 delivered to Embraer Executive Jets Flight Department in January 2013. It is now being used as a demonstrator. The first delivery to a customer occurred in March 2013.
“We are proud of this new certification since it shows what can be done in such a short time since the Phenon 300 joined the assembly line in September,” said Phil Krull, managing director, Melbourne Production. “When we arrived on the scene in Melbourne, we promised to hire 200 employees and we are now well over that number with many coming from the Kennedy Space Center. Our employees successfully validated the ‘paperless’ production process, allowing a leaner, more efficient operation and enabling the Phenom 300 to be produced on the same line as the Phenom 100.”