Thursday, February 25, 2016

Embraer rolls out first E190-E2 single aisle jet

Embraer today rolled out the first E190-E2 single aisle passenger jet prototype, during a ceremony held at their headquarters in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil.

The E190-E2 is the first member of Embraer's E-Jets E2 aircraft family that caters to the 70 to 130 seat market featuring new aerodynamically advanced wings, full fly-by-wire flight controls and a new engine, delivering a combined 16 percent better fuel efficiency than current generation E-Jets.

The program was launched in June 2013, with an investment of USD 1.7 billion. 

The aircraft will commence flight testing in second half of 2016, with entry into service expected in 2018. The other two aircraft of the second generation, the E195-E2 and E175-E2, are scheduled to enter service in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

The E2 family is equipped with a fourth generation full fly-by-wire system that improves flying qualities and boosts fuel efficiency, taking advantage of the FWB expertise developed by Embraer for the E-Jets, Legacy 500 business jet and the KC-390 military airlifter. 

E2's three-axis closed loop system improves aircraft stability during turbulence and provides complete envelope protection in all phases of flight. 

The system is also designed to maximize fuel efficiency. The closed loop configuration allows the E2 empennages to be smaller thus reducing aircraft drag and weight, yeilding a 1.5 per cent reduction in fuel burn.

E2 is equipped with Honeywell’s Primus Epic® integrated flight deck, an advanced integrated avionics system that provides exceptional situational awareness enhanced by large landscape displays and reduced pilot workload.

The Honeywell Primus Epic 2 system features four 13x10 inch large landscape displays with advanced graphics capabilities. SmartView® synthetic vision system improves the flight crew’s situational awareness by providing a large, 3-D color synthetic image of the outside world to enhance safety and efficiency.

Honeywell’s Next Generation Flight Management System (NGFMS) provides enhanced flight planning, navigation and aircraft performance capabilities. Since Honeywell’s Primus Epic avionics are software based, Embraer will be able to easily and effectively integrate future communication, navigation and air traffic management functionalities.

The high-aspect ratio wings with swept tips, combined with redesigned pylons and other aerodynamic improvements provides a 3.5 percent better fuel efficiency than present generation E-Jets.

The two Pratt & Whitney's PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ (GTF) PW P1900G engines delivers the rest 11 percent fuel burn reduction.

With a length of 36.2 m and wingspan of 33.7 m, the E190 can seat 97 passengers in a dual class configuration with 9 seats having 38 inch pitch and 88 seats having 31 inch pitch.

The E190-E2 weighs a maximum of 56,200 kg and can carry a payload of 13,080 kg, reaching a maximum altitude of 41000 ft and a maximum speed of Mach 0.82.

Common type rating between current generation E-Jets and the E2s makes it easy to transition between aircraft and takes a maximum of three days of conversion training. 

To date, Embraer has received orders, options and letters of intent for more than 640 E-Jets E2 family aircraft.

Competitors include the Bombardier CS100 and CS300, Mitsubishi MRJ, Sukhoi SuperJet and the Chinese COMAC C919 single aisle jets.