January 7, 2010
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 staff members updated attendees of the Montana Aviation Conference Feb. 27 through March 1 on the association's involvement in issues that affect pilots.
Pilots from Maine and New England turned out in numbers for the annual Maine Aviation Forum hosted by EAA Chapter 1434.
A bill to move aircraft tax revenues to the state aviation fund needs member support to get through the Washington State House.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.