Embraer releases video of new turboprop in development

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    Embrace

    Stock code:
    erj

    Creation date :
    1969-08-19

    CEO:
    Francisco Gomes Neto

    Head office location:
    Sao Paulo, Brazil

    Key product lines:
    Embraer 170, Embraer 175, Embraer 190, Embraer 195, Embraer 175-E2, Embraer 190-E2, Embraer 195-E2

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    Planner

Whether by design or desire, Brazilian aerospace company Embraer is slowly but surely building interest in its next-generation turboprop passenger aircraft. The latest teaser is Embraer’s video presentation, which has now surfaced on YouTube.

The world is demanding more from commercial aviation than ever before. Not so long ago, it was all about designing bigger planes, building huge airports and funneling traffic through mega hubs, whether in Dubai, Singapore, London or Atlanta. Now there is pressure from all sides for aviation to clean up, with some European governments even banning short-haul flights if a train is available. For Embraer, this challenge can, in part, be met by developing a next-generation turboprop engine (TPNG), although it’s hard to see the turboprop name ever attached to this aircraft.

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In its market outlook for 2022, Embraer predicts the need for 10,950 new aircraft with up to 150 seats over the next 20 years. Replacement of aging aircraft will account for 57% of all new deliveries, while 43% will be used to develop markets. Embraer believes there will be a trend towards smaller aircraft, driven by a growing need for flexibility, connectivity and efficiency. The push towards more sustainability will accelerate the transition to decarbonization, which will be achieved through next-generation aircraft, propulsion systems and fuel sources. Of the request for nearly 11,000 new planes, Embraer says 2,280, or 21%, will be turboprops.


A turboprop but not as we know it

Embraer says its next-generation turboprop will bring “disruptive economics” to the industry. Rendering: Embraer

At his Media Day 2022 event, Embraer Commercial Aviation President and CEO Arjan Meijer said the new aircraft “is not a turboprop as we know it.” From what Simple Flying learned and saw at this event, the new aircraft is more of an E-Jet E-2 aircraft with a different form of propulsion rather than an upgraded turboprop. The TPNG will have the same cabin experience as on the E2, and moving the motors to the rear will mean a much quieter cabin. It will come in two versions; a 50- and 90-seat version which Meijer says will bring “disruptive economics” to the turboprop sector. For example, he said the TP90 will have up to 15% lower operating costs, 25% more seats, lower fuel consumption and will be 20% faster than existing turboprops.

Without much pump, Embraer is currently working with several engine manufacturers to find the most efficient powertrain for the TPNG. As with nearly every aspect of the project, Embraer is keeping the details to itself, but said it should make the decision on the engine this year. It completed wind tunnel testing of prototype propeller systems in March and will conduct full wind tunnel testing this year. At the same time, the business case is being developed, as well as discussions with various airlines in the search for a launch customer.

The overall plan is to complete this preparatory work and announce a decision on the launch of the TPNG by early to mid-2023. If it decides to go ahead with the new aircraft, Embraer says it will begin detailed design, manufacturing and certification work, with entry into service likely in early 2028.

Will a next-generation turboprop with a modern cabin be a success?

Source: Aviationonline.com

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