Embraer Breaks Ground at Florida Facility

Brazilian airframer Embraer has begun construction on a combination final assembly and customer-delivery center in Melbourne, Florida. The new facility will be capable of completing up to eight Phenom 100 and 300 light jets per month - mostly for North American customers - and is meant to serve that role in tandem with the factory in Brazil. A portion of the Melbourne complex will serve as the customers' interior-selection and cabin-design studio.

Mark Phelps is a senior editor at AVweb. He is an instrument rated private pilot and former owner of a Grumman American AA1B and a V-tail Bonanza.

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