Posted on: 11 July 2016 by Mark Howells
The second prototype Embraer 190-E2 has begun its flight test campaign with a three-hour flight from the OEM’s main facility in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil.
Luis Carlos Affonso, chief operating officer, Embraer Commercial Aviation, announced the news and said that the total number of flight hours in the flight test programme had now reached 62 from a total 24 flights. The 59 flight hours and 23 flights of the first prototype include the 12 hours and 40 minutes it took to ferry the aircraft from Brazil to Farnborough, where the aircraft features in the company’s static display.
Bringing the first E190-E2 prototype the 5,160 m across the Atlantic for the show less than two months after its first flight has been hailed as a remarkable achievement by Affonso’s colleagues. Reinforcing that opinion, test pilot Gerson de Oliveira Mendes, who co-piloted the aircraft’s first flight, highlighted that “nothing was written in the techlog” relating to faults or glitches after that first flight, even though the aircraft cleared the flight envelope and did a full retraction of the landing gear – a rare occurrence on any maiden flight.
Meanwhile, Affonso reported that the first E195-E2 prototype is already having large parts built. The first flight is still scheduled for the second half of 2017. “I’m pretty sure we’ll meet that target. It’s not a big modification from the E190-E2 to the E195-E2,” he commented.
“We’re on the same schedule as originally shown in 2013 and all the specification points are being met,” Affonso summed up.
Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/laranews.net