Embraer delivers first Phenom 100EV, establishes foundation in Florida

Embraer delivers first Phenom 100EV, establishes foundation in Florida

Also selects Panasonic for IFE solutions for the E-Jets E2, affiliates announce defense solutions agreement with Rockwell Collins.

April 12, 2017
Eric Brothers
Electrical/Electronic Industry/Regulations

Embraer Executive Jets’ first Phenom 100EV

Cleveland, Ohio – The first week of April was a busy one for Embraer, with the company issuing multiple announcements covering social and environmental projects, its latest executive jet, affiliated defense companies, and inflight entertainment for the E-Jets E2.

The company established the Embraer Foundation, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at its U.S. headquarters. The new foundation is a sister organization to the Brazil-based Embraer Institute (Instituto Embraer), which has led the social investment initiatives of the company since 2001.

In the State of São Paulo, the Embraer Institute operates two high schools with an entrepreneurial learning model to prepare students for higher education.

“The Embraer Foundation will consolidate our ongoing investments in social and environmental projects in the U.S.,” Gary Spulak, Embraer Aircraft Holding’s president, stated in a press release. “Our vision is to leverage our employee volunteerism and strategic partnerships to create a positive impact in our communities.”

The Embraer Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, is intended to raise funds for social and environmental projects through the company’s partnership program, with the goal to inspire employees to volunteer in local initiatives with social organizations. The four pillars of the foundation are volunteering, partnerships, entrepreneurship, and education.

Mariana Luz, president of the Embraer Foundation, stated, “In Brazil, the Embraer Institute has developed educational programs created to inspire the next generation for over 15 years now. The Embraer Foundation will organize and offer a new approach for our social responsibility initiatives in the United States, where Embraer has had a strong presence for almost 40 years.”

First Phenom 100EV
The same day the Embraer Foundation was announced, company officials revealed delivery of the first Phenom 100EV on March 31 to an undisclosed U.S. customer. The new aircraft model was certified by Brazil’s ANAC and by the FAA. An evolution of the Phenom 100, which entered service in 2008, the Phenom 100EV delivers better performance with new avionics and modified engines.

The Prodigy Touch flight deck, with large HD displays, split screen capability, and a new weather radar that was introduced by the Phenom 300 light jet, is now featured on the entry-level Phenom 100EV. Pratt & Whitney Canada’s modified PW617F1-E engines offer more speed with up to 15% more thrust at hot-and-high airports, which equates to more range and a faster time to climb. The aircraft features eleven interior design collections and a private rear lavatory.

Defense cooperation
Officials from Savis and Bradar, Embraer Defense & Security affiliated companies, and Rockwell Collins announced a cooperation agreement to jointly evaluate business opportunities in defense applications.

“This Savis, Bradar, and Rockwell Collins agreement will open opportunities to integrate existing capabilities in these companies and offer better integrated solutions not only for the Brazilian Armed Forces, but for the global market,” said Jackson Schneider, Embraer Defense and Security CEO.

This initiative will also search for existing complementary capabilities in the companies’ product lines. The first opportunity identified is radar technology integration into the Rockwell Collins FireStorm portable combat fire control system. The integrated solution provides an option to offer both close air support and troops’ call for fire, being able in the future to operate with attack aircraft such as the A-29 Super Tucano.

Bradar’s expertise is development of electronic systems, sensors for defense radars, and airborne remote sensing solutions. Savis Tecnologia e Sistemas S.A. is an engineering company dedicated to systems integration.

Panasonic to supply IFE solutions for the E-Jets E2
Embraer has selected Panasonic Avionics Corp., a Lake Forest, California-based subsidiary of Panasonic Corp. of North America, to provide inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) for the E-Jets E2, the second generation of E-Jets commercial aircraft family. The new contract extended the partnership between the two companies, with Panasonic now offering Wi-Fi streaming entertainment and Wi-Fi connectivity services for the E2s aircraft.

“Panasonic offered a world class solution for wireless IFE and global broadband connectivity systems aboard the E-Jets E2. The extended partnership helps us to ensure our airline customers can offer their passengers a premium experience all over the world,” said Fernando Antonio Oliveira, Embraer director for the E-Jets E2 program. The system will be installed in the E2 demo aircraft.

Panasonic’s Global Communications Services, which include broadband connectivity, live television and mobile phone services, are available on over 99.6% of all air traffic routes.

The E2 has accrued 275 firm orders, in addition to 415 options, purchase rights, and letters-of-intent, totaling 690 commitments from airline customers and leasing companies. Currently, the E-Jets are operating with about 70 customers in 50 countries.