First Phenom 300 executive jet performs maiden flight
April 30, 2008, São José dos Campos, Brazil – The Embraer Phenom 300, successfully took to the air on its maiden flight yesterday from the Company’s Gavião Peixoto test runway.
April 30, 2008 By Carey Fredericks
April 30, 2008, São José dos Campos, Brazil – The
Embraer Phenom 300 successfully took to the air
on its maiden flight yesterday from the
Company’s Gavião Peixoto test runway. In the
coming months, the first Phenom 300, serial
number 99801, will participate in the flight
test campaign along with three additional
Phenom 300 jets. It is expected to enter
service in the second semester of 2009.
“This first flight of the Phenom 300 executive jet is a very special and historic moment for all
of us at Embraer, and I congratulate every Embraer employee for making this possible,” said
Frederico Fleury Curado, Embraer President and CEO. “We unveiled the Phenom jets nearly
three years ago, making a clear statement to the business aviation community of our
commitment to becoming a long-term player in the executive aviation market. The first flight
of the Phenom 300 further confirms our determination and is another solid step in Embraer’s
strategy to offer its customers a product line that fully meets increasingly demanding
The aircraft’s entirely digital development process, as well as the total commitment of the
teams involved in the program, allowed moving up this flight, which had originally been
scheduled for mid-year.
“We are thrilled with the Phenom 300’s
successful first flight, which gives us great
confidence for the upcoming program
milestones,” said Luís Carlos Affonso,
Embraer Executive Vice President, Executive
Jets. “The Phenom 300 will deliver an
unequalled travel experience with the highest
level of comfort and performance in the light
During the one hour and twenty-two minute flight, Captain John Sevalho Corção and Embraer
Chief Pilot Eduardo Alves Menini, who also was a crew member of the first flight of the
About the Phenom 300
Premium comfort, outstanding performance and low operating costs are key design drivers for
the Phenom 300 best-in-class jet. With the interior designed by BMW Group
DesignworksUSA, the aircraft will offer pilots and passengers the comfort and style previously
unknown in its categories. The relaxing ambience is enhanced by generous windows and the
most ample cabin in its class. Onboard conveniences include a wardrobe or refreshment center,
an aft cabin private lavatory with toiletry cabinet, and satellite communications.
The pilot-friendly cockpit and the docile flying qualities of the new aircraft will enable singlepilot
operation. Drawing from Embraer’s design and engineering experience, the Phenom 300 is
designed for high utilization and availability. For added safety and reliability, the jet will offer a
standard anti-skid brake-by-wire system.
Based on Garmin’s all-glass, fully-integrated avionics suite, the Prodigy® flight deck offers
Phenom 300 jet operators more advantages than any other avionics suite on today’s market. The
cockpit features three interchangeable 12-inch displays – two Primary Flight Displays (PFD)
and one Multi-Function Display (MFD).
The system integrates all primary flight, navigation,
communication, terrain, traffic, weather, engine instrumentation, and crew-alerting system data
and presents the composite information in brilliant, sunlight-readable color on three high definition
active matrix liquid cristal displays.
With a configuration to accommodate up to ten occupants, the Phenom 300 jet has a huge 76-
cubic-foot (2.15-cubic-meter) baggage capacity that will conveniently transport passengers’
luggage, golf bags and skis.
Two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535E engines, with 3,200 pounds of thrust each, power this
jet. Its range with six occupants will be 1,800 nautical miles (3,334 km or 2,071 miles) with
NBAA IFR reserves (35 minutes of holding and 100 nm alternate). The aircraft is capable of
flying at 45,000 feet (13,716 meters) at a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.78 and is also
designed for short-field takeoffs. These capabilities will permit customers to fly nonstop from
London (UK) to Reykjavik (Iceland), the Azores, Cairo (Egypt), Tel Aviv (Israel) or Moscow
(Russia); and from Geneva (Switzerland) to the same destinations, plus the Canary Islands, at
a lower cost than competitive aircraft.
Expected to enter service in the second half of 2009, the Phenom 300 is priced at US$ 6.65 million,
based on January 2005 economic conditions, in the baseline configuration, for FAA certification.
More information about Embraer Executive Jets is available at www.EmbraerExecutiveJets.com.