Embraer sets off sparks as E19-E2 gets VMU tested [Video]
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.
“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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