March 29, 2011
By Alton K. Marsh
It took three workers to push the Embraer Phenom jet onto boards during set-up day at Sun `n Fun in Lakeland, Fla., on a very wet March 28, to keep it from sinking into the mud. Both the Phenom 100 and 300 are ready for visitors.
Many of the aircraft expected to arrive March 28 couldn’t push through the rainy Florida skies, leaving a huge amount of display work to be completed after the show opens. A deluge hit central Florida that day with more rain on the way. Sun ’n Fun workers, however, took the weather in stride, calling it “liquid sun.”
The Phenom, built in Brazil and assembled at a new factory in Melbourne, Fla., on the state’s east coast, has quickly captured a significant portion of the light jet market.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.
Mexico has lifted a requirement that pilots of arriving and departing private general aviation flights use a third party provider to file advance passenger information system (APIS) manifests.
The Perlan Project is less than a year away from the first flight of a glider being built to ride waves near the edge of space. While construction continues in Oregon, the team’s pilots are staying proficient in more ordinary aircraft.
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