Less than 45 days after it’s inaugural flight, the first E190-E2 prototype is at the Farnborough Airshow for its international debut. The ferry flight from Sao Jose dos Campos to Farnborough took 12 hours and 40 minutes, with only two hours on the ground for refueling in Recife, northeast of Brazil, and then in Sal Island, in the Cape Verde archipelago, off the coast of Africa.
“The flight was very smooth and went according to plan. Crossing the Atlantic at this stage of the flight test campaign is another great demonstration of the E190-E2 maturity, and it shows we are on the right path to a very successful program,” said Luís Carlos Affonso, COO of Embraer Commercial Aviation.
The first E190-E2 prototype has now racked up a total of 59 hours from the 23 flights performed since the first flight on the 23rd of May this year. In addition to the flight test campaign, the programme has also accumulated 18,000 hours of tests on rigs and in the iron bird, as well as many hours of simulation on the virtual aircraft. After the show, the aircraft will return to Brazil to continue the certification campaign.
Another important and recent programme milestone was accomplished with the successful maiden flight of the second E190-E2 prototype which took place last Friday July 8th. The aircraft flew for 2 hours and 55 minutes and will now join the flight test and certification program. The E190-E2 is scheduled to enter into service during the first half of 2018.
Source: Embraer - Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. (NYSE: ERJ)
Date: Jul 12, 2016