June 2, 2009
By Thomas A. Horne
Owners, operators, and pilots of Embraer’s new Phenom 100 light jet can now take advantage of the first Phenom 100/300 simulator at the company’s training center at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Training for the Phenom series is conducted under a joint venture between Embraer and CAE, dubbed Embraer-CAE Training Services. A second training facility, in Burgess Hill, United Kingdom, will soon commission the second Phenom 100/300 simulator.
The Dallas training center is the world’s largest corporate aviation training center, with 36 FAA-certified Level C and D simulators. When Phenom 300s enter into service later this year, the Dallas and Burgess Hill centers will offer training in this aircraft type as well. To date, some 18 Phenom 100s have been delivered worldwide. Embraer has said it will deliver 110 Phenom 100s in 2009. For more information on Phenom training, visit the Web site or e-mail Embraer-CAE.
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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