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Dec 14, 2008

Embraer

Embraer has gained US Federal Aviation Administration certification for its $2.98 million four-passenger Phenom 100 entry level business jet just three days after earning Brazilian certification and less than 18 months after first flight. The company says customer deliveries from its Sao Jose dos Campos headquarters in Brazil will begin the week of 15 December, with perhaps 10 or more aircraft turnovers completed by year[sup.1]s end. Embraer plans to build 200 or more Phenom 100s next year, with an associated sales price increase of 21% to $3.6 million in January. European certification is expected in the second quarter of 2009. Dec 13, 2008

Gol Linhas Aereas, Boeing, Embraer

Investigators believe the prime suspect behind the loss of transponder transmissions from the Embraer Legacy involved in the Amazonian mid-air collision to be accidental deactivation while the commander was accessing fuel data. Interruption of the transponder crucially rendered the TCAS collision-avoidance system inactive for nearly an hour before the Legacy struck wings with a Gol Boeing 737-800 on 29 September 2006. While the reason for the sudden loss of the transponder remains undetermined, Brazilian investigation agency Centro de Investigacao e Prevencao de Acidentes Aeronauticos (CENIPA) has drawn up a [sup.3]most likely[sup.2] scenario after analysing five possible sets of circumstances. Dec 12, 2008

Gol Linhas Aereas, Boeing, Embraer

An international pilots' group is calling for a ban on the public release of cockpit voice recordings following fatal crashes. The International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations is critical of Vanity Fair's decision to release the complete recordings from two jets involved in a 2006 mid-air collision over Brazil. The group said it was "outraged to learn that once again the cockpit voice recordings of aircraft involved in a fatal accident have been leaked and are being used by a media provider for public entertainment." U.S. regulations prohibit the release of cockpit recordings, but other countries are less strict. Dec 11, 2008

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