Embraer announced a new cabin seating design for its Phenom 100 business jet. The changes include new retractable armrests that increase width just above the center-trench level from the original 8.15 inches to a wider, 13.58-inch dimension—with the armrests deployed. At the headrest level, aisle width has been increased from 13.38 inches to 20.21 inches. Premium, swiveling seats are now available as an option on Phenom 100s. In addition, the Phenom 100’s airstair door now has two optional features: step lights, and telescopic tubes that give the door more structural support when it’s open.
Yet another development deals with an Airworthiness Directive limiting flap extension to the “Flaps 2” position when landing. A software problem can create an inadvertent, uncommanded stick pusher command when flaps are extended beyond the Flaps 2 position.
Embraer has defined a software solution that will eliminate the problem, and the modification should be implemented on the assembly line in the second semester of 2009, according to the company. A service bulletin for retrofit in existing Phenom 100s is also planned, but Embraer says “the final fix is not available at the present moment.”