January 7, 2010
By Thomas A. Horne
Embraer finished 2009 by delivering the first of its newly certified Phenom 300 business jets. The airplane went to Kansas City, Mo.-based Executive Flight Services, a subsidiary of fractional operator Executive AirShare. Four Executive Flight Services Phenom 100 pilots had been trained to fly Phenom 300s at the Embraer CAE Training Services site in Dallas. Because of the commonality between the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300, completion of a transition course was the only requirement—not a separate type rating.
The Phenom 300 is a swept-wing, 453-knot, 1,971-nm-range airplane that can be configured with up to 10 seats.
Keith Plumb, president and COO of Executive AirShare, said, “As the world’s leading operator of Phenom 100 aircraft, we have been extremely pleased with the performance and low operating costs of this entry-level jet, and hold similarly high expectations for the Phenom 300.”
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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