The UK’s Oxford Airport (Booth No. 1359) is achieving recession-busting traffic figures. For the period from April 2009 to March 2010 there was a 31.6-percent increase in the numbers of all visiting aircraft (including scheduled airline services) and a 12-percent increase in all business aviation movements.
Embraer Phenom 100
The FAA designated Tom Norton as one of only two Eclipse 500 pilot examiners in the world, allowing Sarasota, Fla.-based Norton Aviation to offer in-aircraft type-rating training, in addition to the FAA type rating checkride. Pilots can choose between conducting the training and FAA checkride at any location in their own aircraft or using Norton Aviation’s Eclipse 500.
Early operators of Embraer’s $8.14 million Phenom 300 light jet are praising the aircraft’s speed, fuel efficiency, range and short landing distances, but they say it still has some teething issues that need to be resolved with regard to spurious crew alerting system (CAS) messages, full flaps, cabin seating and lavatory lighting. Embraer delivered the first U.S.-based Phenom 300 on December 31.
About 30 people attended an Embraer Phenom owners and operators fly-in that was held in Naples, Fla., in late March. Representatives from Embraer and Garmin led a technical and operational seminar; CAE held an international operations discussion; 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.
With accumulated flight time approaching 10,000 hours, some 350 pilots have been trained to fly Embraer’s new Phenom 100 very light jet, more than 100 of which have been delivered, including around 30 to Europe. The Brazilian airframer’s backlog includes 600-plus Phenom 100s and the larger Phenom 300 light jets.
Embraer is ahead of schedule in achieving its self-imposed 2005 goal of becoming “a major player in the business aviation market by 2015.” The Brazilian manufacturer has come to EBACE with four examples of its current product range–the Phenom 100 and 300 light jets, the super-midsize Legacy 600 and the large-cabin Lineage 1000.
Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer released a 10-year business jet forecast at the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., yesterday that calls for 10,000 business jets worth $190 billion to be delivered between this year and 2019. If this estimate proves accurate, the next 10 years will be better than the previous decade, when 8,000 jets worth $155 billion were shipped.
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.
Although revenues from commercial aircraft sales fell at Embraer, the fortunes of the executive aviation division actually improved. Embraer’s executive aviation segment net sales reached $896.3 million, up nearly $20 million over 2008. The manufacturer delivered 115 business jets last year–93 Phenom 100s, one Phenom 300, 18 Legacy 600s and three Lineage 1000s–just short of tripling the 36 it shipped in 2008.
If it is true that an event becomes history when it is no longer referred to in the present tense, then the Great Recession still has some receding to do, despite recent suggestions by industry analysts that we are now in the market trough and the only direction is up.