Etihad Flight College, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has taken delivery of the first of four Embraer Phenom 100E.
Etihad Flight College will be the first flight school in the world to use the Phenom 100E in the initial phase of flying training.
The aircraft arrived at Etihad Flight College’s facilities in Al Ain following a marathon 10 day voyage from Embraer’s manufacturing base in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil. The twin jet training aircraft will begin service with the flight college in July 2016. A second aircraft will arrive at the flight college’s base in Al Ain later this month. Two further jets will be delivered in early 2017.
The Phenom will be used to instruct students on the Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) course. MPL is an innovative competency based approach to flying training using multi-engine aircraft. Introducing Multi Crew Pilot operations from the onset training is more effective, as airline flight crews operate as a team – in older formats, pilots are trained individually.
Marco Tulio Pellegrini, President and Chief Executive Officer, Embraer Executive Jets, said: “Designed for high utilization, with a pilot-friendly cockpit and docile flying qualities, the Phenom 100E is considered an obvious choice by airlines to prepare its cadets for jet operations. I’m glad to start delivery of Etihad Flight College’s Phenom 100E fleet, which will be the first flight school to use the aircraft in the initial phase of flying training.”
The order for four Embraer Phenom 100E was announced in June 2015. Once delivered, the four new aircraft will bring the number of aircraft in the trainer fleet to 22 – which also includes 10 Cessna 172SP Skyhawk, six Diamond DA42NG, and two EXTRA 300 aircraft. (WAM)
The Phenom 100E has a four-occupant range of 1,178 nautical miles (2,182 km), with NBAA IFR reserves. With a high-speed cruise of 390 knots, the Phenom 100E is one of the fastest jets in its class, with operating costs comparable to that of leading turboprop aircraft. The Phenom 100E also features multi-function spoilers, and the aircraft is capable of flying at 41,000 feet (12,500 m), powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F-E engines with 1,695 pounds of thrust each.
Embraer is one of the world’s leading executive jet manufacturers, having entered the business aviation market in 2000 with the Legacy jet, which led to the launch of Embraer Executive Jets in 2005. Its portfolio, the broadest in the market, consists of the entry-level Phenom 100E and the light Phenom 300 jet, the midsize Legacy 500 and the mid-light Legacy 450, the super-midsize Legacy 600 and the large Legacy 650, and the ultra-large Lineage 1000E.
With over 10 years in the market, Embraer Executive Jets’ global fleet exceeds 1,000 aircraft, which are in operation in more than 60 countries and are supported by the Company’s global Customer Support and Services network of 75 owned and authorized service centers, complemented by a 24/7 Contact Center, at its headquarters, in Brazil.