Sao Paulo - Last week Embraer published a video showing the "Water Ingestion Test" being conducted on the E195-E2, which is already made remarkable progress in its aircraft certification program.
The test was carried out using a water pool installed on the runway. The crew progressively accelerated the aircraft toward the large basin of water. The test was performed in five different speeds between 80 to 140 knots.
The purpose of the test was to check whether aircraft systems, especially those near the landing gear, would withstand the impact of water during landing, takeoff or taxiing.
According to the manufacturer, the engines and the APU did not ingest dangerous amounts of water or mud during taxiing, take-off, and landing nor the systems were damaged.
According to Embraer's certification campaign timeline, the E195-E2 should be certified in 2019 just before the first delivery to launch company Azul Linhas Aéreas same year.
The next generation of E-jet will be enlarged by three seat rows from its predecessor E195 and will accommodate up to 146 seats.
With an extended wingspan by 1.4 m (4.6 ft) and an increased MTOW of 2 tonnes (4,400 lb), the E195-E2 can fly an extra 450 nm (830 km) in normal conditions, or 250 nm (460 km) in hot/high conditions.
Embraer claims that the operational cost of the E195-E2 would be 22% lower than a 154-seat A320neo and 24% lower than a 160-seat 737-8.
The Embraer E-Jet E2 family aircraft are medium-range jets developed by Embraer, succeeding the manufacturer's E-Jet program. The E-jet E2 program launch was announced at the Paris Air Show in 2013. The first variant, the E190-E2 made its maiden flight on May 23, 2016, and was certified on February 28, 2018, before entering into service with Norwegian regional airline operator Widerøe on April 24 this year.