Despite an active first quarter in the light jet market, the remainder of the year has proven to be a sobering reminder that the world continues to recover from the financial meltdown of 2008 and 2009. This is not surprising, considering that the light jet market tends to react directly to the general economy as measured by stock market indices.
Embraer Phenom 100
Embraer arrived at this year’s NBAA convention buoyed by delivery of its sixth Lineage 1000 and with a record Lineage flight covering 4,015 nm in the company log. The sixth Lineage delivered went to the Al Habtoor Group of Dubai in early September. An executive/VIP version of the company’s E190 airliner, it is being managed and operated by Royal Jet, based in Abu Dhabi.
Embraer's first South African customer for a Phenom 300 light jet, John McCormick, CEO of McCormick Property Developments, took delivery of his airplane last month during a ceremony at the manufacturer's headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil, just a few months after the first Phenom 100 entered operation in South Africa.
For the third time in the past six months, an Embraer Phenom 100 has suffered a dual tire blowout upon landing after a reported failure in the brake-by-wire system.
I’ve been waiting quite some time to fly the Eclipse, a dozen years in fact, since the then revolutionary very light jet (VLJ) was first announced in 1998. The term very light jet–originally coined to describe the Eclipse specifically–came to be applied to a number of small jets, although a precise definition seemed to depend upon an aircraft manufacturer’s marketing department at any given time.
Later this month, the 63rd annual NBAA meeting and convention opens at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The NBAA Convention won’t reappear in Atlanta for some time, as the next four shows are scheduled for Las Vegas (2011), Orlando (2012), Las Vegas (2013) and then again in Orlando (2014).
The NTSB is investigating a September 10 incident in which an Embraer Phenom 100 suffered minor damage upon landing in Brenham, Texas. The light twinjet experienced a runway excursion at Brenham Municipal Airport after its brakes failed and both main gear tires blew. According to the pilot’s statement, the crew received a brake fail warning soon after takeoff from Tucson International Airport, but continued to their destination.
Embraer 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.
For the seventh straight quarter, total deliveries of business jets and turboprops declined year-to-year, according to the second-quarter statistics released last month by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). However, industry billings, which totaled $9.4 billion, rose by a modest 0.2 percent, the second straight quarter showing an increase.
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.