Phenom 100 Synthetic Vision, Phenom 300 Sim OK’d
Embraer yesterday received Brazil ANAC, FAA and EASA approval for Garmin’s synthetic vision technology (SVT) system on the Phenom 100, which has a Garmin G1000-based Prodigy flight deck avionics system. The approval applies to new-production Phenom 100s, as well as retrofit installations for in-service aircraft. SVT recreates a head-down visual topographic landscape derived from Garmin’s terrain-alerting database, simulating what the pilot would see with the naked eye in broad daylight. The resulting virtual-reality display offers pilots a supplemental 3-D depiction of ground, water, obstacles, airports and traffic. Since it shares the same Prodigy avionics, SVT will be approved for the Phenom 300 “in the coming months,” Embraer said. Meanwhile, Embraer CAE Training Services (ECTS) yesterday announced that the first Phenom 300 full-motion flight simulator has been level-C qualified by the ANAC, FAA and EASA. The simulator, located at CAE’s SimuFlite Training Center in Dallas, is already being used by customers for Phenom 300 pilot training. It joins two previously approved ECTS Phenom 100 simulators–one is based at CAE’s Dallas center and the other at its London Burgess Hill facility in the UK.