Phenom Fly-in Draws Owners and Operators to Naples
About 30 people attended an Embraer Phenom owners and operators fly-in this past weekend in Naples, Fla., with nine owners flying their Phenom 100s into Naples Municipal Airport. Attendees also included those who have yet to take delivery of their Phenom 100 or 300. Representatives from Embraer and Garmin led a technical and operational seminar on Saturday morning, and Luis Antonio Colarino, Embraer senior manager of executive jets customer support, presented an update on the Phenom 100 fleet, outstanding technical issues and optional avionics upgrades. According to Colarino, there are 104 Phenoms (all 100s except for one Phenom 300) now in service, with this number expected to double by year-end. To date, the Phenom fleet has logged more than 10,000 hours in some 8,200 cycles, and the average aircraft flies about 22 hours a month. Technical issues discussed at the meeting centered mainly on flap and brake issues, which Embraer is addressing via Service Bulletins. The soon-to-be-available optional synthetic vision system for the Phenom’s Garmin Prodigy system weighed heavily during the avionics discussion. Embraer is planning an executive jet M&O session in North America for late summer, and the Phenom Owners and Operators Association is planning another fly-in this fall.