December 10, 2008
AOPA ePublishing staff
Embraer on Dec. 9 announced that its Phenom 100 very light jet has earned type certification from Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Authority. FAA certification of the Phenom 100 is expected “soon,” according to Embraer.
Introduced in 2005, the Phenom 100 was originally projected to have a maximum speed of 390 knots, a maximum range of 1,160 nm, and a landing distance of 3,000 feet at maximum landing weight. But certification flight testing resulted in an improvement in the airplane’s performance specifications. Now Embraer is listing the Phenom 100 as having a top speed of 390 knots, a max range of 1,335 nm, and a landing distance of 2,699 feet. All other design goals have met the objectives set three years ago.
The Phenom 100 is certified to a maximum operating altitude of 41,000 feet and is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F-E turbofan engines of 1,695 pounds of thrust each. Range with four passengers is advertised as being 1,178 nm with NBAA IFR fuel reserves. Between the aft baggage area and nose baggage compartments total storage space is 71 cubic feet.
The cockpit features Embraer’s Prodigy flight deck, which is based on the Garmin G1000 integrated avionics suite. There are two primary flight displays and one multifunction display, all of which have 12-inch-diagonal dimensions.
Prior to Jan. 5, 2009, the Phenom 100 is priced at $2.98 million. After that date, the price jumps to $3.18 million for FAA certification, and $3.25 million for Brazilian certification.
MVP Aero is developing a $189,000 light sport amphibious seaplane that doubles as a camper and is expected to fly in 18 months, with deliveries in 2017.
The FAA will miss a deadline to reform aircraft certification by two years, the agency told the House Aviation Subcommittee during a July 23 hearing.
AOPA is testing whether aircraft ownership can be more affordable than many people believe with the development of “Reimagined Aircraft.”
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