Embraer announced a new variant of its best-selling Phenom 300E—an enhanced version that offers new avionics capabilities and interior upgrades.
To begin with, Garmin’s emergency descent mode (EDM) has been added. EDM takes control of the airplane should a pilot experience hypoxia and become incapacitated. If the pilot isn’t responsive, EDM descends the airplane, squawks 7700, and levels off at 15,000 feet. Also new to the Prodigy is the ability to generate takeoff and landing reference speeds and performance data, create graphic weight-and-balance charts, make VNAV profiles for nonprecision approaches, and perform coupled go-arounds. Garmin’s VFR and IFR flight charts are also provided.
A predictive wind shear algorithm associated with the 300E’s Garmin GWX 75 weather radar produces predictive wind shear alerts, and a new runway overrun alerting and awareness system warns pilots if they are flying their approaches too fast or at too steep an angle.
Interior enhancements include the optional Bossa Nova interior ($100,000), plus a quieter cabin thanks to new acoustic insulation and modifications to the pneumatic system’s check valves. Cabin connectivity via GoGo’s Avance L5 4G system is another option ($160,000) that brings fast talk and text capability. Another change extends the pilot seat tracks by three and a half inches, which Embraer says will accommodate 6-foot, 4-inch pilots in comfort.
Deliveries of the $9.45 million enhanced Phenom 300E will begin in May 2020.