Embraer has cut metal for its first E175-E2 prototype at its Evora plant in Portugal, producing a wing stud for the third and smallest member of its second generation E-Jet family. “This is the heart of the airplane; it’s the structure that connects the wings to the fuselage,” Embraer Commercial Aviation COO Luis Carlos Affonso said, speaking at the Evora metal cutting on June 28. The first of three E175-E2 test aircraft is scheduled to fly in the second half of 2018, ...

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