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Phenom 100 For Sale

The History of the Embraer Phenom 100

In May 2005 Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer first revealed it was developing a new aircraft that would, initially, be marketed in the category of Very Light Jet.

It was created using four main principles: that it was easy to operate, simple to maintain and was outstandingly reliable. It would also be designed to have an extended economic life of 35,000 life cycles, 20,000 more than its nearest competitor.

The Embraer Phenom 100 first took to the skies in July 2007. Following this, four prototype aircraft underwent a further 1,600 flight hours in order to further develop the jet.

Certification

The Phenom 100 received certification from Brazil’s ANAC national civil aviation authority at the beginning of December 2008. The US FAA certification followed three days later. Embraer announced that the first delivery of a Phenom 100 jet was made on 24th December to Houston, Texas. Between 10 and 15 more jets were delivered before the end of the year. European certification was awarded in 2009.

The Embraer Phenom 100 was designed for use by a single owner-operator, although there is cockpit space for two pilots. Although classified as a Very Light Jet it became known as a classic entry-level jet, with the biggest cabin in its class. It is used by private owner-operators and also by several airline training departments, including Etihad and Emirates.

The move to Florida

In 2011, Embraer opened an assembly plant in Melbourne, Florida, its first in the US. This was initially for the exclusive manufacture of the Phenom 100, but they also began the production of its successor, the Phenom 300, there later. The Melbourne site also holds a sales centre for the Phenoms and a service centre for all Embraer’s business jets.

In 2017, the RAF took delivery of two RAF Phenom 100s. These were made at the Embraer plant in Florida but came to the RAF via their military facility in Brazil. These planes are used for multi-engine aircrew training, replacing the King Air B200 and B200GT.

Variants

The Phenom 100 spawned two later variants, the 100E, which arrived in 2014, and the 100EV (2016). Both were very similar to their parent jet but the 100E had multi-function spoilers and an upgraded interior. The 100EV was given upgraded engines and avionics.

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Familiarise yourself with the specifications below before you buy a Phenom 100.

Phenom 100 specifications

The Phenom 100 executive jet stands at 14ft 3in tall and is 42ft 1in in length. Its wing span is 40ft 4in and it has a tail that measures 17ft 6 in. Its standard basic operating weight is 7,220lb. Made mainly from aluminium, the use of additional composite materials ensures the jet is both light and fast.

It is fitted with twin Pratt & Whitney PW617F1-E turbofan engines which have high fuel efficiency and low carbon emissions. They come equipped with intelligent monitoring and diagnostics that integrate with the electronics of the aircraft. The engines can be replaced by two mechanics in less than four hours.

Each engine provides 1,695lb of thrust, 15% more than any of Embraer’s previous models. This means a shorter take off, needing only 3,125ft of runway. They also cut 25% off the time taken to reach cruising altitude. The Phenom 100 has a climb rate of 3,061 feet per minute and a landing distance of 2,699ft. 

It has a high speed cruise of 390kts and a maximum operating altitude of 41,000ft. Its range is 1,178nm, when carrying four occupants.

Inside the cabin

The Oval Lite Cabin has a length of 11ft. It stands 4ft 9in high and it has a width of 5ft 1in, giving it a volume of 265 cubic feet. The Phenom 100 also has the largest baggage compartments in its class: there’s a 50 cubic feet compartment in the aft fuselage and 5 cubic feet in the forward fuselage. In all, it’s able to hold four roll-on bags, four garment bags, four laptop bags and either four golf bags or two pairs of skis.

The cabin was designed in partnership with BMW Designworks USA and it offers seven ready-to-go interior schemes. These come with a range of different materials that can buyers can use to customise the inside of the jet to their own tastes.

The windows, which are larger than in any other aircraft in this class, offer plenty of natural light, including in the private lavatory, making it the only jet in this category to have a bathroom with windows. It is also the only jet in its class which has an airstairs door. The Phenom 100 makes wide use of LED lighting which offers a much better lifespan than filament lights.

The standard club seating configuration allows for four passengers and one crew member, but this can be altered for a maximum of eight people. The seats are ergonomically designed to provide maximum comfort, which is enhanced further by the intelligent climate control. This allows for two different temperature zones on board.

The cockpit

The cockpit is intentionally dark and quiet and comes installed with the Prodigy Touch Flight Deck 100, which was developed especially for the Phenom 100. It is designed to work on single pilot operation and the inclusion of its smart systems ensures reduced checklists and intuitive avionics.   

It is equipped with three 12.4in interchangeable displays, with soft keys which minimises the navigation time the pilot needs to spend on the menus.

It also comes with standard Flight Management and Synthetic Vision Systems, as well as a weather radar. This features a vertical scan capability, ground clutter suppression and turbulence detection. The cockpit windscreen can be removed and replaced from the outside by one person.

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