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.
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
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