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.
Famed aircraft and spacecraft designer Burt Rutan was the first passenger on a JetSuite-brokered Embraer Phenom 100 Part 135 flight earlier this week to his home base in Mojave, Calif. The flight was operated by Solana Beach-based Air by Jet, a Part 135 certificate holder. JetSuite is acting as a broker for the Air by Jet-operated Phenom 100 flights, according to JetSuite CEO Alex Wilcox.
Embraer announced its first-quarter numbers last week, showing that net sales for the manufacturer’s Embraer Executive Jets division were down from $173.6 million in the first quarter of last year to $70.2 million for the same period this year–a drop of 59.6 percent.
Nearly 50 customers have completed Phenom 100 pilot training at Embraer CAE Training Services, a joint venture between CAE and Embraer, CAE told AIN. In addition, several FAA, EASA and Brazilian ANAC officials have completed the 14-day Phenom training course, which has been conducted at CAE’s Dallas facility since September.
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.
Kansas City, Mo.-based regional fractional provider Executive AirShare last month took delivery of its first Embraer Phenom 100. Executive AirShare has 44 Phenom 100s and six Phenom 300s on order. The company anticipates that it will be the first to operate the Phenom 100 under FAR Part 135 regulations and the first established fractional provider to operate the type under Part 91K.
Nearly 50 customers have completed Phenom 100 pilot training at Embraer CAE Flight Training Services, a joint venture between CAE and Embraer, CAE told AIN. In addition, several FAA, EASA and Brazilian ANAC officials have also completed the 14-day Phenom training course, which has been conducted at CAE’s Dallas facility since September.
India’s Indamer, a wholly owned subsidiary of European Aviation Holding, has been named an Embraer authorized executive jet service center.
It is the first MRO company to serve Embraer’s Phenom and Legacy 600 customers in India.
Regional fractional share operator Executive AirShare (EAS) announced that it will be selling Phenom 100 shares for $299,500 for a one-sixteenth share with 20 days/50 flight hours per year. Quarter shares cost $1.18 million and include 80 days/200 hours per year.