– Embraer signed an agreement with the Finnish Aviation Academy for two Phenom 100 very light jets. The customer will use the aircraft for flight training. The Phenom 100s will replace Finnish Aviation Academy fleet of elderly turboprops, and the first delivery is scheduled for 2010.
“We are exceptionally pleased to welcome the Finnish Aviation Academy – the first flight training school in the world to have access to the Phenom 100 – to our growing Phenom 100 customer base,” said Luís Carlos Affonso, Embraer Executive Vice President, Executive Jets. “Destined for careers with airlines in Finland, these students will get a terrific start to commercial flying with the large-format glass-cockpit flight displays and integrated system aboard the Phenom jets.”
Students will have the opportunity to experience the outstanding performance of the Phenom 100 with the Prodigy Flight Deck, based on Garmin’s all-glass, fully-integrated avionics suite. The Phenom 100 offers a flight deck remarkably similar to the biggest commercial jets, featuring 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-alert system data, and presents the composite information in brilliant, sunlight-readable color on three high definition active matrix liquid crystal displays.
“We are excited to be able to offer training in a brand new aircraft that incorporates all the latest technology available to pilots today,” said Esa Lohikivi, Maintenance Director of the Finnish Aviation Academy. “We expect the Phenom 100 to be a terrific recruiting tool for the Academy and a good teaching aid for students as they transition from pistons and turboprops to flying jets."
About the Finnish Aviation Academy
The Finnish Aviation Academy is a vocational special purpose school located in the city of Pori, Finland. The school was founded to train professional pilots for the Finnish professional aviation needs. The Finnish Aviation Academy is jointly owned by Finnair, the national airline of Finland, the State of Finland and the city of Pori. The training provided is vocational adult training, and the number of students is annually determined based on the need for new pilots by the Finnish airlines.
The Finnish Aviation Academy training meets both the European and Finnish aviation regulations for pilot training, in accordance with the requirements stated by Finnish airlines and the laws of Finland. As well as training new pilots the Finnish Aviation Academy offers commercial services, such as the sale of training services and leases its simulator and training devices to operators. For more information, see www.finaa.fi
About the Phenom 100
Premium comfort, outstanding performance and low operating costs are key design drivers for the Phenom 100 best-in-class jets. With the interior designed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA, the aircraft will offer pilots and passengers the comfort and style previously unknown in its category. 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 single- pilot operation. Drawing from Embraer’s design and engineering experience, the Phenom 100 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 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-alert system data and presents the composite information in brilliant, sunlight-readable color on three high definition displays.
Configured in a typical club configuration, the Phenom 100 will comfortably accommodate four passengers. The generous 55-cubic-foot (1.56-cubic-meter) baggage capacity is big enough to store luggage, golf bags and even skis.
Two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F engines, with 1,615 pounds of thrust each, power the jet. Its range with four occupants will be 1,160 nautical miles (2,148 km or 1,335 miles) with NBAA IFR reserves (35 minutes of holding and 100 nm alternate); or 1,320 nautical miles (2,445 km or 1,519 miles) with NBAA VFR reserves (45 minutes). The aircraft is capable of flying at 41,000 feet (12,497 meters), has a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.70, and is also designed for short-field takeoffs. These characteristics will allow customers to fly nonstop from London (UK) to Reykjavik (Iceland), Lisbon (Portugal), Tunis (Tunisia), Sofia (Bulgaria) or Stockholm (Sweden) at a lower cost than competitive aircraft, including turboprops.
The Phenom 100 is priced at US$ 2.98 million, based on January 2005 economic conditions, in the baseline configuration, for FAA certification. The aircraft’s maiden flight took place in July 2007, and the jet is currently carrying out the certification flight test campaign, in order to enter service in the second half of 2008.
Note to Editors
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