Embraer’s Phenom 300 light executive jet was certified, today, by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which granted its Type Certificate following the same action by Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency on December 3. All design goals were met or surpassed, and first deliveries should begin in the coming weeks.
“We are pleased to announce the certification of the Phenom 300 by the FAA,” said Luís
Carlos Affonso, Embraer Executive Vice President, Executive Jets. “With unique and innovative features for the light jet segment, the competitiveness of the Phenom 300 is
further enhanced by the recently announced improvements in runway length, range, speed,
and fuel consumption.”
The Phenom 300’s maximum range, originally designed to be 1,800 nautical miles (3,334 kilometers), has been extended to 1,971 nautical miles (3,650 kilometers) with six occupants and NBAA IFR reserves. Runway performance also improved significantly over the initial targets. Takeoff field length, at maximum takeoff weight (MTOW), is now 3,138 feet, considerably better than the original 3,700 feet, while landing distance at maximum landing weight (MLW) improved to 2,621 feet, or 329 feet shorter than the targeted 2,950 feet.
For flights into and out of airports with restrictions due to high temperatures or high elevations, the Phenom 300 exceeded its range targets. For example, the airplane can take off at its maximum takeoff weight and achieve its maximum range capability out of Aspen, Colorado, U.S. Climb performance also surpassed expectations, allowing the aircraft to depart from sea level at MTOW and reach its operational ceiling of 45,000 feet in only 26 minutes. Powered by two fuel-efficient Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535-E engines, the Phenom 300’s fuel consumption is as much as 6% better than originally estimated.