Earlier this month the Brazilian plane maker Embraer conducted minimum unstick speed tests for its upcoming airliner E195-E2.

Embraer announced on October 17, 2018, that its newest E2 family airliner is moving forward to obtain airworthiness certification, which is “right on schedule for next year”. The latest Vmu tests, required for the certification, were conducted at Gavião Peixoto facility, to determine critical takeoff speeds and distances.

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As part of the certification campaign for the E195-E2, Embraer concluded water spray tests.
 

“The minimum unstick speed (VMU) is the minimum speed at which the E2 can safely take off,” the manufacturer explains in a release. “The airplane is subjected to its aerodynamic limits prior to becoming airborne. The tail contacts the runway and the airspeed is measured at the exact moment the E2 takes off”.

The 195-E2 is one of three (besides E190-E2 and 175-E) aircraft variants within the manufacturer’s newest E2 jet family, which is based on original E-Jets. The E195-E2 has three additional rows of seats, when compared to the current generation E195. The aircraft is scheduled to enter service with Brazilian low cost carrier Azul Brazilian Airlines in 2019.

In December 2017, Embraer conducted Vmu tests for another E2 family jet airliner, the E190-E2. Take a look at the “always dramatic” test:

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The first Bombardier CS300 has been recently delivered to its launch customer – Latvia’s airBaltic. The mid-range aircraft is in the same weight category as the currently in-development Embraer E190-E2 and E195-E2, all of them seating between 100 and 150 passengers. Both manufacturers quote fuel-efficiency and cost-effectiveness as their main advantages, but why would an airline (remember – no risks in aviation!) choose them over slightly larger counterparts from Airbus or Boeing? Join AeroTime to search for the answer.