Every now and then an airplane comes along that everyone loves, and the Embraer Phenom 100
is one of those airplanes. Talk to an owner or pilot and you will find kudoos to Embraer.
Embraer is Brazil's premier manufacturer of commercial airliners for regional air carriers, and the Embraer Phenom 100
airplane is the first entry by the company into private business aircraft. Operators really like this aircraft, and cite its ramp presence, the comfortable cabin, baggage capacity, engine fuel efficiency and the layout of the modern cockpit. They note its clean design, jet liner heritage, the 12-month 600-hour maintenance interval along with its low price. The Garmin Prodigy avionics suite provides great situational awareness combined with short check lists because of the aircraft's simple systems; however, there is a problem in that the learning curve to master this package is steep combined with the lack of qualified instructors to train pilots in the aircraft. My guess is that those problems will be overcome soon, and simply add more to the Embraer Phenom 100
crowd of admirers.
What really sets this aircraft apart is its price point. Compared to the Cessna Mustang, Beech Premier I or the CJ1+, not only is performance comparable (or better), but it is substantially cheaper than its rival the Premier I by some $2.9M! That amount of money would sure buy a lot of gas! Pilot's love the pilot friendly cockpit layout and the Prodigy avionics system, once they learn how to use it properly. With a big airliner feel, large cabin and speed, this aircraft surely is a phenom to be reckoned with. While the aircraft has experienced growing pains since its introduction into service in January 2009, but owner/operators have been impressed with the support provided by Embraer, and their interest in quickly fixing any problems that arise. Most of the owners were concerned with the financial stability of the new VLJ manufacturers, and felt more comfortable with the financial stability of Embraer, a vote of confidence for sure. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 The natural function of the wing is to soar upwards and carry that which is heavy up to the place where dwells the race of gods. More than any other thing that pertains to the body it partakes of the nature of the divine. — Plato, 'Phaedrus.' ps: Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter "All Things Aviation" here!