Embraer announced its Phenom 300E is now the first single-pilot jet to reach Mach 0.80, based on a series of enhancements, which also includes a quieter cabin and upgrades to its avionics. The Phenom 300E is now rated for a high-speed cruise of 464 knots and a five-occupant range of 2,010 nautical miles (3,724 km) with NBAA IFR reserves.
Powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535E1 engines with 3,478 pounds of thrust each, the aircraft is capable of flying at 45,000 feet (13,716 metres). The aircraft holds what Embraer claims as the best pressurization among light jets at 6,600 feet maximum cabin altitude. Deliveries of the new Phenom 300E with these enhancements are scheduled to begin in May 2020 (some features are optional).
Embraer states the enhanced Phenom 300E now has a quieter cabin, pilot and co-pilot seat tracking that’s close to 40 per cent more, thereby providing more legroom in the cockpit, and a brand-new premium interior option called as Bossa Nova. The noise-reduction improvements, explains Embraer, lower overall in-flight cabin noise, high-frequency noise and significantly reduce noise during boarding.
The Phenom 300E is also receiving avionics upgrades to include a runway overrun awareness and alerting system, predictive windshear, Emergency Descent Mode, PERF, TOLD, and FAA Datacom, among other features. Embaer explains the runway overrun awareness and alerting system acts as an additional pilot and warns if the aircraft’s approach is too steep or too fast, increasing situational awareness. Embraer has patented this technology and states it is the first OEM in business aviation to develop and certify it.
The new predictive windshear warns pilots about windshear conditions in advance to help them prepare and maneuver the airplane in order to best minimize adverse conditions. Additionally, the Phenom 300E now comes with a 4G connection via Gogo AVANCE L5. The cockpit is based on the Garmin 3000 avionics suite.
“Despite the Phenom 300’s extraordinary success in the past decade, our team of visionaries is always striving to deliver the ultimate experience to our customers, which means taking an industry-leading aircraft and making it even better, faster and safer,” said Michael Amalfitano, president and CEO, Embraer Executive Jets.
The Bossa Nova Edition interior, originally introduced in 2018 with the debut of the Praetor 500 and Praetor 600, features carbon-fibre materials, sophisticated stitching and piano-black colouring. Inspired by the famous sidewalks of Rio de Janeiro, Embaer explains the custom-quilted design is complemented by the tuxedo stitching and colour accent details on the divan. The Bossa Nova interior in the Praetor 600 won best design in the 2019 International Yacht & Aviation Awards in Venice (Interior Design/VIP Completion category).
Originally launched in 2005, Embraer states the Phenom 300 series has sustained more than half of the light jet market share since 2012. The aircraft is in operation in more than 30 countries and has accumulated more than one-million flight hours. In October 2017, the new Phenom 300E was announced and entered service five months later. The new aircraft will continue to be designated “E” for “Enhanced.”