About the Embraer Phenom 100
The Embraer Phenom 100 is taking over the multi-engine aircrew training duties of the King Air B200 and B200GT. It is expected to begin delivering training in 2018.
With its touchscreen cockpit and comprehensive navigation, communications and flight safety suite, the Phenom 100 will deliver a quantum leap in multi-engine flying training. In capability as well as cockpit layout it will be far closer to the frontline types – including Atlas – onto which its students will progress.
Embraer announced its intention to develop an entry-level business jet in May 2005, beginning the flight test campaign of the unusual Phenom 100 with the prototype’s first flight on July 26, 2007. Initially classified as a Very Light Jet, the Phenom was intended for owner-pilot operation, by a single pilot, and therefore featured an extremely comprehensive avionics fit. The cockpit has two seats nonetheless, and the aircraft is capable of taking as many as seven passengers, with cabin access via an airstair door enabling a degree of independence from ground support equipment.
First delivery came in December 2008 and in 2011, Embraer opened a second Phenom production line at Melbourne, Florida. In 2016 this facility became the sole source of Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 aircraft. The latter is a larger, quite different aircraft related to the Phenom 100 in little but name.
The Phenom 100 quickly found a market beyond that of owner operators and has been accepted as the classic entry-level jet. It has also found favour with airline training departments, particularly those of Emirates and Etihad, setting a precedent that Affinity followed when it sourced five Phenom 100s to satisfy the future multi-engine training requirements laid down under UK MFTS.
Built in Melbourne, but delivered through Embraer’s military facility in Brazil, the first RAF Phenom 100 arrived at Cranwell in July, with the second arriving on August 15. Student training is expected to begin in 2018.
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Embraer Phenom 100:
- Powerplant: two 1,695lb st (7.54kN) Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F turbofan engines
- Length: 42ft 1in (12.82m)
- Height: 14ft 3in (4.35m)
- Wingspan: 40ft 4in (12.30m)
- High speed cruise: 405kt (750km/h)
- Range with four occupants and reserves: 1,178nm (2,182km)
- Maximum operating altitude: 41,000ft