JetSuite brokered its first Phenom 100 charter flight in late May for customer Burt Rutan, who flew to his home base in Mojave, Calif. Solana Beach-based Air by Jet, a Part 135 certificate holder, operated the flight. Later this year, JetSuite expects to begin operating its own fleet of Phenom 100s, for which it has a firm order for 50 with an option for an additional 50.
Embraer’s Phenom 300 midsize jet is proceeding toward FAA and Brazilian approval on schedule by year-end. To date, all aerodynamics tests are complete on the larger Phenom derivative, including natural ice-shape flight trials. At the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In held in April in Lakeland, Fla., the company said the light jet was undergoing natural ice testing, as well as lightning and high-intensity radiated field (Hirf) testing.
Embraer’s Phenom 100 entry-level jet received EASA certification in late April. The Brazilian manufacturer introduced the five-passenger twinjet in 2005 and it received Brazilian Agencia Nacional de Aviacao Civil and FAA certification in December. Meanwhile, last month at EBACE Embraer said it will offer a new Phenom 100 seat with enhanced comfort in form and function, beginning in the fourth quarter.
Phenom 100 owners Elizabeth and Jim Frost have signed the first individual
owner Embraer Executive Care (EEC) contract in the U.S. The program, which was announced last year at the NBAA Convention, provides the owner with predictable fixed-cost maintenance support, including access to Web-based maintenance tracking software. EEC is available for the Phenom 100 and 300.
Embraer’s Phenom 100 entry-level jet received EASA certification on Friday. The five-passenger twinjet was introduced by the Brazilian manufacturer in 2005 and received Brazilian Agencia Nacional de Aviacao Civil and FAA certification in December. As of last week, 12 Phenom 100s have been delivered.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and local leaders joined Embraer executives this morning to break ground on the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer’s $50 million Phenom 100/300 assembly and completions facility at Melbourne International Airport. “Today’s groundbreaking celebrates a milestone for Embraer by launching its first U.S. assembly plant devoted to the executive jet business,” noted Embraer president and CEO Frederico Curado.
The first Embraer Phenom 100 customers have received their type ratings in the very light jet after completing training with Embraer CAE Training Services at Alliance Airport, in Fort Worth, Texas. James Frost, a real estate and mineral executive, was the first Phenom 100 customer authorized to fly the aircraft, and his wife, Elizabeth, became the first woman to obtain a Phenom 100 type rating.
When Embraer announced the formation of Embraer Executive Jets and the launch of its Phenom 100 very light jet and Phenom 300 light jet programs, there were at least a half-dozen competing programs already in various stages of development. Today, only two very light jets from that group–Cessna’s Citation Mustang and the Eclipse 500 from Eclipse Aviation–are in service. The Phenom 100 is expected to join them in the coming weeks.
European very light jet air-taxi start-up JetBird has raised an additional €10 million ($14.2 million) in launch capital by selling a 9.3-percent stake to an undisclosed Saudi Arabian family business.
European very light jet air-taxi start-up JetBird has raised an additional $14.2 million (€10 million) in launch capital by selling a 9.3-percent stake to an undisclosed Saudi Arabian family business.