Embraer’s E-190-E2 in Flight Testing Operations

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Embraer, the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, has begun testing their next generation, updated twinjet transports, known as the E2 series. Three versions of their present line, the E-175, E-190 and E-195 were chosen for upgrades, which include a new wing design, new Pratt and Whitney PurePower PW1700G/PW1900G Geared Turbofan Engines, and software improvements. The E-190-E2 was the first version built, and first flew on May 23, 2016. The larger E-195-E2 just made its first flight on March 29, 2017. The smaller E-175-E2 has yet to make its first flight. Altogether, there’ll be four E-190-E2s, two E-195-E2s, and three E-175-E2s produced for the testing programs, before deliveries to commercial operators begin on each version.

Embraer has released a series of reports about the newest versions of their airliners, touting improved efficiency and commonality of pilot rating between current and E2 cockpits. Commenting in a press release, it promises “…High performance capacity and range. With its first flight completed ahead of schedule, the E190-E2 is setting a new benchmark in efficiency and innovation in the 70–130+ seat segment. Seating up to 106 passengers in a single class configuration, it will enable airlines to achieve a better return on their aircraft asset in mainline and high-density operations.”

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In early April 2017, the third of four pre-production test aircraft spent a few weeks in the eastern United States, operating a series of test flights that occasionally stopped in Manchester, New Hampshire. We caught up with it as it turned around at KMHT, during a windy and chilly afternoon. At a glance, the test probes from the far forward passenger cabin windows caught our attention, as did the markings on the larger than normal engine cowls and the trailing tip at the top of the horizontal stabilizer.

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Here are some comparative statistics between the new E-190-E2 and the current E-190-AR (Advanced Range version):

Maximum takeoff weight for an E2 is 124,341 pounds; 114,199 pounds for the current AR version.

Maximum landing weight is for an E2 is 108,137 pounds; 97,003 pounds for a current AR version.

Payload for an E2 version is 28,836 pounds; 28,800 pounds for an AR version.

Both the E-190-AR and E-190-E2 have a maximum operating airspeed limit of Mach .82 and a service ceiling of 41,000 feet.

Take off field length for an E2 at Maximum Takeoff Weight is 5,479 feet on a standard day at sea level; the AR takes 6890 feet.

Landing field length for an E2 is 4,314 feet; an AR takes 4,081feet

Range: the E-190-E2 can fly 2,850 NM with full passenger load in a single class with typical fuel reserves; the E-190-AR with similar payloads has a range of 2450 NM

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The E-190-E2 fuselage is 118 feet, 8 inches long, wingspan is 110 feet, 6 inches, and the top of tail is 36 feet, 1 inch from the ground.
The E-190-AR fuselage is 118 feet, 11 inches long, wingspan is 94 feet, 3 inches, and the top of the tail is 34 feet, 8 inches from the ground.

Source for data is Embraer’s web site.

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