Rethink Convention

October 21

Phenom 300 Around the World

​Ever since he was a child, Philippe Lacrosse  had always  dreamed of becoming a pilot.  Soon after earning his pilot license, his passion for flying transformed into an opportunity to discover the world with his family aboard their Phenom 300, named Colibri.

The family’s  first trip was in April 2013, when they flew from Paris to the Maldives, where he  was told his aircraft  was the first Phenom to land on the island.  The Lacrosse family hasn’t stopped flying since then, and now they are preparing to fly around the globe.

The first leg of their journey will begin in France  on October 21 and end in Morocco on November 2. Throughout their trip, they will  share their experiences with us  through this blog here. Follow the Lacrosse family’s adventure by checking out their posts, images and videos.

Trip dates: 21 Oct. 2016 - 2 Nov. 2016:
Trip itinerary: France - Italy - Egypt - Ethiopia - Tanzania - Zimbabwe - South Africa - Namibia - Congo (Point Noire) - Ivory Coast - Morocco (Occidental Sahara)


July 1

Multifaceted job keeps facilities lead on the move

David Currier wears many hats in his dual role as Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) coordinator and Facilities Department lead at Embraer Executive Jets in Melbourne.

Among his wide-ranging EHS duties are overseeing environmental management, safety audits, maintenance of aircraft-assembly tooling equipment and forklift training. David has gained expertise in many areas since joining Embraer Executive Jets in early 2011, keeping his knowledge and skills up to date through annual recertification courses.

His many responsibilities as a facilities lead include serving as the focal point for ordering all of the supplies needed to maintain equipment and buildings, managing aspects of security, health, and the well-being of workers.

David’s tasks and expertise have increased as Melbourne’s aircraft assembly facilities have grown. The job is challenging, he said, but the pace and variety suit him. “I’m not one that can sit in one place for long. I don’t like doing the same thing every day.”

His path to Embraer began while he was working as an electrical superintendent for the company that constructed Melbourne’s production/administration building. David said he was hired after his extensive knowledge caught the eye of an Embraer manager, who told him he knew the building better than anyone, including everything in the ground, walls and ceiling.

David’s passion, dedication and work ethic were recognized in 2012, when he was named one of Embraer’s two most valued employees in Melbourne, earning a six-day trip to Brazil with award winners from other Embraer sites.

Although he doesn’t build aircraft, David and his team are critical to keeping all of the facilities and equipment running smoothly on Embraer’s sprawling Melbourne campus and other nearby sites. “I like seeing the growth. I like the direction we’re going.”

David said he loves his job and the family atmosphere at Embraer Executive Jets. It’s just a great organization. Everyone is friendly, and it’s been that way since day one.  They take care of their people. They think safety first; they stress that.”


June 24

Dynamic quality lead inspector thrives amid aircraft

Tremain Williams is capable of working as a quality inspector in every station of Embraer Executive Jets’ Phenom assembly facility in Melbourne. That’s because he has worked as an inspector throughout the assembly line, as well as in flight preparation and delivery, since joining Embraer when the facility opened in early 2011. 

Last year, Tremain was promoted to quality lead inspector, supervising 14 workers in production, flight preparation and the delivery center. 

 “I’m kind of the floater between every station … I make sure we have the manpower where needed. I’m kind of everywhere, not any one station.”

It’s an ideal role for Tremain, who has 16 years of diverse aviation experience and has been passionate about airplanes since childhood. “I love building airplanes, I love inspecting airplanes … I really just like being around aircraft.”

Before joining Embraer, Tremain worked at Piper Aircraft in Vero Beach for 11½ years in such jobs as assembly technician, fabrication inspector and lead assembly inspector. That broad experience made him a valuable addition to Embraer Executive Jets’ new production team.  “Embraer was looking for people with a heavy aviation background so they could help train others when the company opened. We trained on the airplanes in Brazil since we didn’t have them here yet. I did well there, so I helped train other guys who are still here now.”

Tremain said the assembly-line processes at Embraer ensure the business jets meet the highest safety and quality standards. “I see aircraft take the first flight and come back with minimal discrepancies, so that’s a testament itself to the quality we put inside the aircraft.”

He is thrilled to be part of the dedicated production team that is rethinking convention at Embraer. “I’m very proud to work here with a company that can create, produce and design aircraft, moreso than anyone in the industry. It’s great to be part of something of this magnitude.” 

Tremain is excited about the future as Embraer’s Melbourne campus continues to grow. “To see a company build as fast as we are is a wonderful thing to be a part of. Plus, giving me the opportunity to excel within the company is a good thing because one of Embraer’s core values is ‘Our people are what make us fly.’  I’m glad I’m part of that.”


June 17

Seasoned jet-builder supervises second-shift team

When Jay Colon was hired as a team leader at Embraer Executive Jets in Melbourne in early 2011, he arrived to a huge empty production building.

Fast forward five-plus years, and every station of the Phenom 100/300 assembly line is bustling with activity and production is underway in the new Legacy 450/500 manufacturing facility.

Joining Embraer “was a perfect opportunity because building aircraft was what I was doing for 24 years before coming here,” Jay said.  He spent most of those years in Boeing’s  C-17 program in Long Beach, California, in such positions as an aviation mechanic, manufacturing analyst and supervisor.

After working as a team leader with Embraer for about a year, Jay was promoted to production supervisor, leading the newly created second shift.  Another second-shift supervisor was added last year, and together the two now oversee about 125 workers.  “For second shift, I’m their voice pretty much. The guys know what they’re doing … My functionality is to help them get what they need to build these aircraft.”

The production-line processes at Embraer ensure every jet is built correctly to the highest standards, Jay said. “We have electronic capabilities to access the work orders – all electronic, no paper. In there, they can also access their technical standards. They take laptops in the plane and they build per print.  If an issue arises, a line worker reports it to their lead and then to their manufacturing engineer  “and we make sure we’re building it properly.”
Jay doesn’t hesitate to declare why Embraer is a fantastic place to work. “The people, the culture. Our people are what make us fly.  We have a great group of people.” 

Helping to lead the team building the Phenom 300, the world’s most-delivered business jet for three straight years, is “awesome,” he said. And Jay is thrilled the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 –  products of Embraer’s commitment to rethink convention – also will be assembled in Melbourne. “The sky’s the limit for those planes … Whatever they need from me, I’m there.”


April 26

Engineer has ‘umbrella perspective’ of operations

Steve Anderson never forgets how privileged he is to have a hand in building innovative aircraft at Embraer Executive Jets.

“It’s easy to get caught up in all of the technical details and daily tasks that are part of any manufacturing facility, so I think it’s important to remember how lucky we are to do what we do,”  said Steve, a manufacturing engineer who joined Embraer when the Phenom assembly plant opened in early 2011. “Whenever I get the chance to see an Embraer aircraft in flight, I take that moment to enjoy the sense of accomplishment and pride, and remember that, ‘Hey, that’s pretty cool.’ ”

Steve, who has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering,  is in charge of Embraer’s MES (manufacturing execution system), a paperless system that controls and documents the production process.  “I have interaction with almost every department that we have. I have an umbrella perspective to see how everything needs to work together, how the whole operation ends up producing an aircraft for our customer.”

Before an Embraer business aircraft is delivered to a customer, every aspect of that jet has been checked and rechecked, he said.  “There are many final documentation checks and balances that I hadn’t seen at other companies, making sure that the delivered aircraft meets all of the design requirements, it is built as it was designed and has all the essential equipment installed.”

Steve’s diverse background working at two start-up general aviation companies, including helping to design production facilities, prepared him well for his position at Embraer Executive Jets. “I got to see the entire process of a startup aircraft manufacturing company, going from the design into prototyping, into obtaining the type certificate and production certificate to produce aircraft. That was a big, wonderful learning experience.”

Today, Steve said he’s proud to tell people he builds business jets for Embraer, a company that has provided him with a wealth of technical, cultural and travel experiences “beyond anything I could have imagined 10 years ago.” And it keeps getting better as the Melbourne campus continues to grow.

“It’s very exciting to be part of an organization that is growing like ours is. It’s probably unheard of, growth of this magnitude in this short period of time.” 


March 7

Fighter jet experience primed technician for faster pace

​Embraer Executive Jets assembly technician Eric Sneed became proficient at maintaining high standards while working under tight deadlines when he performed avionic maintenance on fighter jets during the Iraq War.

“I was a shop supervisor during Operation Iraqi Freedom, so basically every aircraft had to fly as much as possible,” said Eric, who spent eight years in the Navy as an aviation electronics technician in Virginia Beach. 

Eric said repairing wires and cables on F-14B and F/A-18 jets as efficiently as possible provided him the expertise to adapt to the ramped-up assembly-line pace at Embraer, where he installs electrical harnesses and antenna cabling on Phenom 100s and 300s. Since joining Embraer in January 2012, demand has continued to grow, especially for the Phenom 300, which was the world’s most-delivered business jet in 2013, 2014, and 2015.   

Eric always remains focused on building the best and safest executive jets possible, ever mindful of the customers who will fly in them. “I understand that 20 years from now, people are going to be in this aircraft. So I have to do my job to the best of my ability at the highest quality.”

He is proud to be a member of a knowledgeable aircraft-building team that continually rethinks convention, including fellow technicians and manufacturing engineers who have worked on military jets and the space shuttle.
One especially gratifying aspect of building Embraer aircraft is occasionally spotting one of the executive jets he helped to build. “If I’m not at work, I’m always pointing out Embraer planes and say, ‘I think I built that.’ Any time I pass by an executive airport, I’m always looking to see if there’s one parked there.”

Given the many years he has spent working on military jets and the Phenoms, Eric said he would love the opportunity to use his experience to assemble Embraer’s larger, technologically advanced business jet aircraft – the Legacy 450 and 500 – after production begins in Melbourne in 2016.  With the expansion expected to add 600 U.S. jobs over the next few years, he sees a bright future with Embraer.

“I hope and expect to be here for many years. They take care of their people and they have really good benefits. It’s just a great place to work.”


February 26

Aviation veteran finds niche at Embraer

Carlos Roque has the ideal job for a lifelong airplane enthusiast who challenges the status quo and happens to be a perfectionist.

“I have a streak of perfectionism in me that is often considered a liability,” said Carlos, who has worked as an assembly technician for Embraer Executive Jets since March 2012. “But here, I have a very constructive outlet that allows me to practice perfectionism in my job. I can’t imagine doing anything less than the best when it comes to airplanes.”

Carlos began studying airplanes as a young child and later earned two associate degrees in aviation-related subjects, along with a private pilot license, a commercial pilot license and an airframe and powerplant (A&P) license.  Before joining Embraer, he pursued his passion in wide-ranging commercial and general aviation jobs, ranging from an airline mechanic to piloting a small plane doing traffic surveillance for a radio station.

 “I wouldn’t really want to do anything other than aviation,” he said. “I was always a hands-on person, always wanting to know how things worked and then how to operate them. I always looked up to aircraft as the epitome of machines.”

At Embraer Executive Jets, Carlos prepares smaller components and the main electronics rack for installation on Phenom 100s and Phenoms 300s.  To ensure the business jets meet Embraer’s highest standards of excellence, quality assurance inspectors monitor assembly processes daily and FAA inspectors pay visits to the facility, he said.  “I have to be able to explain to a quality inspector or an FAA inspector exactly what I’m doing and how I’m doing it. I have to have my references – blueprints, parts lists – right at hand. I have to be able to demonstrate competence over all our processes.”

Carlos said he is amazed at Embraer’s uncanny ability to rethink convention and consistently develop innovative business jet designs that appeal to customers.  

“Somehow, Embraer sees exactly what the market needs and designs an airplane to meet those needs. Even if the market didn’t know they needed it before, once that airplane is available, they’re buying it. It’s all very exciting."


February 19

Former shuttle engineer right at home with Embraer

​As an engineer, Megan Leggett works in a field typically dominated by men, yet she feels more than at home working at Embraer Executive Jets. In fact, the manufacturing engineer cites her hardworking team members in the Phenom assembly facility as one of the best parts of her job.

“The guys are all great.  They’re so knowledgeable and dedicated,” said Megan, who joined Embraer in April 2012, after eight years as a mechanical engineer with United Space Alliance (USA) at the Kennedy Space Center, where she worked on the space shuttle’s solid-rocket boosters.

Megan, who has bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and civil engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, said her shuttle experience made for a smooth transition at Embraer, because of the similarities between the two jobs. At Embraer, she writes work instructions that technicians follow to assemble the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300, making sure production issues are promptly addressed to ensure the affordable executive jets are built to the highest standards of excellence.
“I learned quite a bit at United Space Alliance as far as the manufacturing process, so a lot of it just rolled right into this job,” said Megan, who works second shift in the assembly plant. “It’s pretty much doing the same thing.  All the rules and requirements are different, but the tasks that you do day in and day out are the same.”

Megan said she’s excited the Legacy 450 and 500 production facilities will open in Melbourne in 2016, and given her experience, she’s sure she will eventually work on the two aircraft featuring full fly-by-wire technology. But for now, the former space shuttle engineer is happy working on the Phenom and with her career at Embraer Executive Jets, which treats its employees well and offers “fantastic” benefits.

With Embraer Executive Jets’ rapid growth and success during its first 10 years, Megan is optimistic about the business aviation company’s future: “The sky’s the limit. I’m definitely proud to say I work at Embraer.”


February 12

Brazil native relishes ‘cool’ job

When Pedro Holanda relocated to Florida from his native Brazil to work in aviation 15 years ago, he had no idea he eventually would work for a global executive jet maker with a Brazilian heritage. 

Pedro is thrilled his career path led to Embraer Executive Jets in Melbourne, brimming with enthusiasm as he talks about the company and his work as an avionics technician in the Phenom assembly plant.  

 “Embraer is something that makes us really proud to be Brazilian,” said Pedro, who joined Embraer in April 2012. “Being an avionics technician is something really cool. I like my job. I am proud to work for Embraer. The environment is great.”

Most of Pedro’s work takes place in the cockpit, where he performs exhaustive operational checks and avionics tests to ensure that all of the innovative electrical systems are functioning correctly.   “We go through every knob, every single little button in the cockpit to make sure everything works properly. It’s really fun to sit down in the cockpit and get to understand how every single system works on the aircraft.”

Manufacturing engineers lend their technical knowledge to rethink convention “because we really have to get into the guts of the electrical side of the aircraft,” Pedro explained.  Quality assurance inspectors also work closely with technicians, monitoring processes and completing documentation showing the work complies with the FAA’s and Embraer’s  highest standards. 

Pedro sharpened his skills while working as an avionics technician with a local aircraft manufacturer, and later as an electrical mechanic on the technologically advanced Boeing 787 Dreamliner at a final assembly plant in South Carolina.  When production of the Legacy 450 and 500 begins in Melbourne, Pedro said he would welcome the opportunity to learn a more sophisticated and complex system. 

The Brazil native is effusive in his praise for Embraer Executive Jets, which continues to grow in a competitive market, offering customers the broadest portfolio in the business jet market.

“It’s so exciting to see the company growing. Not every company out there is doing so great like Embraer. Embraer is so strong. It’s a massive corporation that’s not going anywhere. They’re here to stay.”


February 12

Redefining what’s possible

When you are looking for a new business jet, you will likely interact regularly with our team members on the front line. But you probably won’t have the opportunity to meet the people who build Embraer’s executive aircraft. Day in and day out, each of these talented professionals plays an integral role in challenging the status quo and building our brilliantly engineered airplanes – one wire and one bolt at a time.

We at Embraer are launching a new series of profiles to highlight a handful of the highly skilled technicians and manufacturing engineers who work in our assembly facilities. Through these profiles, you will see how much dedication, expertise and care is devoted to each phase of every single aircraft we build.  

Our teams in Melbourne and Brazil include people who spent years working on the most advanced projects in the world, from NASA’s space shuttle to highly respected military and commercial programs, before joining Embraer.  In addition to their expertise, each of these employees exudes unbridled enthusiasm when describing his or her role in building our jets.

As you get to know our employees, you will understand that at Embraer Executive Jets, our mission is to continually redefine what’s possible and our commitment to excellence and serving you is paramount in everything we do.


December 19

Our Journey Around the World - in Forbes!

We were delighted to see our journey around the world featured in Forbes Magazine!

Thank you all for your support. Wishing you and your loved ones happy holidays and a wonderful 2015!

Business Aviation: A Legacy in the Making, written by Tony Velocci


November 11

The whole world is right here at home

​The night before a complex flight tends to be a sleepless one. I imagine that many other pilots endure their own painstaking habits and rituals before pulling chocks on similarly elaborate missions. In my case, the next day’s events haunt every dark corner of my hotel room. My eyes burst open from restless sleep at the slightest sound, and thoughts immediately begin racing through my mind – did I miss the wake-up call? No, thank goodness. But what does the weather look like outside? Will we be able to take off? And what about the weather at our destination – will we have to be rerouted? What about our flight plans? Did I file everything correctly?...

Yesterday, though, the sun rose on a cool and partly cloudy morning in London. The plan was to fly from there to Teterboro where we would deliver three of our passengers, and then to depart for Naples, Florida, where the remaining few would deplane and bid us a final farewell. All paperwork filed accordingly, all passengers accounted for, and clear skies on the eastern coast of the U.S. 

Since we always try to surprise our principal, we decided to try something novel to celebrate the last day of our travels. We cooked a rack of lamb in our convection oven and served it with equally impressive accompaniments. The meal was considered a huge success by our passengers, especially complemented by the decadent pastries that we had procured in London and served for dessert. Taking our passengers into consideration is our priority, of course. So, once they had expressed their awe and gratitude, the Crew and I were assured that the remainder of our voyage would be a success.

Up in the clouds, my anxious mind quieted, we crossed the Atlantic at 40,000 feet destined for home. Peaceful reflection surfaced memories from our trip, which once seemed so long but now seemed to have come and gone in the blink of an eye. My uniform could just about fly the airplane by itself, I swear, so we took turns strolling through the spacious cabin zones to stretch our legs. We kept lively conversation going, raided the galley for snacks, and marveled at the successful mission we were about to complete.

Today, after a full night of sleep in my own bed, the appreciation I have for these past few weeks is overwhelming, and indescribable. I hope that, one day, I will be able to share these types of experiences with my children. Amazing, isn’t it, though? You can travel around the entire planet, only to find that your whole world is right here at home…

Thank you for coming with us on this journey, my friends.


November 10

The Flight Plan Home



November 8

Hello from London

​Our flight plan from Dubai to London reflected a flight time of just under eight hours, covering Iran, Iraq, Turkey and the Black Sea, and the entire continent of Europe. We arrived late last night and, as fellow aeronauts can relate, my entire being was fatigued, as if I had run the whole route! Planning these complex multi-nation flights requires arduous mental processing, tedious calculations, special permissions and logistics… it’s enough to cry “vertigo”!

Now, as I sit in the enchanting chamber of our London hotel, many images from our latest adventures run through my mind. Did I mention that I was asked to do an interview with Forbes?! It was my very first media interview, and a welcome opportunity to talk about my passionate focus on the philosophy of Global Excellence.

Today’s world often ignores the indifference to detail that has spread to so many people. I am one who is not afraid to take ownership. As Manager of Aviation at our company, I am willingly and fully responsible for the quality of our passengers’ flight experiences. My aim is to excel at providing my customers with the highest level of services, from cleanliness and timeliness, to the anticipation of every whim. This is one of the reasons that I work with Embraer – the practice of Global Excellence is reflected in our every interaction with them.

Speaking of which, “Muito obrigado!” to LES and KEITH, two more representatives of Embraer’s outstanding support team. Thank you for burning both ends of the night with us!

On Monday we cross the Atlantic one more time. After we clear customs in Maine, we will bring a few of our passengers to New York before finally returning to our own families in Orlando. I can’t wait to see my best friend – my wife, Robyn. She is the driving force in my life and an inspiration to everyone who knows her. She is the mother and full-time educator of our three children, who have blossomed as individuals over the past decade.

Lucca, six years old, is not just a MineCraft expert; he is also one of the most highly recognized veterinarians in the stuffed animal community. Noah, my protégé, is nine years old and has already made science and flight tracking two of his favorite hobbies. And, Chloe, my teenager, is going to conquer the growing world of website development before she graduates, I just know it. I encourage all them to live like me, like Peter Pan – to seek new adventures with youthful spirit, always with “happy thoughts” in mind. For me, my “happy thought” is the promise of the biggest, tightest, five-headed hug of my life, and that thought will carry me home. My family is, after all, the real reason I can fly.


November 7

Big Ben, here we come!

​We have eight hours ahead of us as we leave the warmth of Dubai for the cooler autumn weather of London.  Our bodies have had a chance to rest, and our circadian internal clocks seem to adjust with more ease than we have experienced over the past couple of weeks. We can feel home drawing nearer with each leg completed.
Our flight will take us over Iran and Turkey, ultimately carrying us north and west through most of Eastern Europe. Our airplane awaits us, prepared with over 20,000 lbs of fuel to transport incalculable numbers of mementos, a fully stocked galley, five delightful passengers, three diligent crew members, and a partridge in a pear tree. (Just kidding!)

With the holiday season upon us, a longing for family togetherness seems to occupy every quiet moment. In spite of a truly awe-inspiring and highly productive tour around the world, we are all anxious for our impending homecoming. We are looking forward to spending time with our loved ones before we depart for our next adventure. But for now, Big Ben and fish and chips, here we come!


November 5

The Emirates Experience

​Today we departed Bangkok for Dubai.  Our carefully planned route had us flying at 40,000 feet over the Bay of Bengal in India, and then over the Arabian Sea before descending toward this amazing destination, where we will spend the next few days of our lives.

There really is no place like Dubai. Its people have combined the classics of Middle Eastern culture with modern life and luxury to create a unique charm that can only be found here. With London, Hong Kong, and Moscow located nearby at almost equal distances, it's no wonder that Dubai is a magnet for successful businesses and discerning travelers. This is a city of worldly enterprise, lavish retreats, and tremendous achievements in architectural and engineering innovation.

I love to visit the Emirates, and Dubai is certainly one of my favorites because its existence validates my love for corporate aviation in a way that no other place does. Dubai requires-... no, wait-... Dubai clamors for private executive travel to connect this regional gem to the rest of the world. For that, this city has conquered my heart. 

Just like my daughter says...

Dubai. Enough said.


November 5

Learning to work well in other cultures



November 4

Humble reflections

​Although he typically uses his aircraft for business and pleasure trips, our principal's high level of commitment to philanthropy demands an aircraft fully capable of sustaining his charitable missions. He and his wife are widely recognized as active humanitarians, providing aid and relief to multiple organizations around the world. In our home country of the United States, we have visited numerous children's hospitals, and esteemed universities, admiring our employer and his family for selflessly offering their time and resources to help improve the lives of our nation's young people. Overseas, similar acts of inspiration occur regularly. With our Legacy 650, our principal and his wife are able to visit places where their generosity is most needed. They meet the people who maintain these charitable organizations, and those who depend daily on the kindness of others. The connections that are formed during these visits are invaluable, and the warmth and humanity that we witness is tangible. These meaningful relationships are the result of, and the driver for, our principal's continued benevolence, at home and abroad.

Like our company, Embraer has taken a proactive approach to building and fostering a sustainable future, worldwide. For example, the company's high school program in São Jose dos Campos prepares students for an evolving, world-wide society at no cost to their families. Embraer doesn't just provide aircraft support to our endeavors; they encourage the ideals and values that we share in everything they do. Synergetic views like this are very important to us. These shared beliefs bring people closer together in a world that seems to grow smaller every day.

We depart Thailand shortly, knowing that we will be back again shortly to follow up on the charitable opportunity we came to investigate. A final THANK YOU to those we met during our visit. We can only hope to reciprocate your unrelenting hospitality one day soon.


November 4

About to depart to Bangkok



November 2

Greetings from Chiang Mai

​1 November 2014

Good morning from Chiang Mai!

We got here last evening.  This place is completely out of the fast track world, but the high end tourism attraction is strongly established here, beginning with lavish hotel accommodations. We are at Le Meridien luxury resort, and I could  definitely see myself here for a few more days. There is much to see, and we are all finding exotic treasures during our spare time that we plan to take home to share with our friends and family.

We can clearly see that the suitcases are becoming heavier with each stop.  With 1,000 lbs of baggage carrying ability, we have no trouble accommodating the extra shopping bags and the bulging suitcases. Our passengers have been able to optimize the abundance of baggage compartment space, utilizing every space with much left to spare!  They have multi-packed, meaning they have different suitcases for different locations. Hanging bags for dresses and business suits; golf bags awaiting the fairways; parkas and sweaters standing by for colder climates... All of it fits neatly into the aircraft until needed.

Thanks for following along, my friends, and keep sharing your photos on your social media pages! We love to see photos of you all showing your support for our team as we find ourselves nearing the end of our journey!


October 30

Always at home in Singapore

Wednesday, 29 October 2014


Those of us traveling aboard our Legacy 650 have been settled into yet another hotel since Tuesday. We will spend a bit more time here before departing on Friday - Singapore is one of our most relaxing stops. It has been nice to see some new sights, although the view in the cockpit is never unpleasant. Tomorrow we will spend some time with our supporters at Embraer's office in Singapore. I always enjoy meeting with people who have been helping us from a distance. The fact that we are always welcomed as friends is a quality that remains constant throughout all of our Embraer encounters.

The hotels we stay in are nice, as you can imagine. Picture us walking through a cavernous reception lobby, being welcomed by a desk full of smiling hotel staff. The staggering number of reward points that a pilot carries with him typically warrants V.I.P. status among the Property Managers, so we are treated very well. Still, the Legacy really feels like the closest thing to "home" that we can find on a journey like this. Having the flexibility to live on your own schedule is rare, especially in the sky, but our aircraft never limits the way that our principals live their busy lives.

For example, our team prepares for every flight by planning a thematic value to add to the experience, no matter how short the flight may be. Everything from catering to decorations is tailored to that theme, whether it relates to destinations, seasons, or just an idea that we decided to explore.  Once the theme is chosen, we are constantly amazed to watch Sim, our In-Flight Concierge pull decorations out of storage and set the stage.  Somehow, we have been flying around the world with a selection of menus and decor that Martha Stewart would be proud of! All of this intimate festivity is greatly appreciated by our passengers.

Privacy can be a scarcity when traveling, even flying in first class, or staying in the most luxurious of hotels (some of which are located right here in Singapore, by the way!). One of the advantages on the Legacy 650 is the ability to close the galley's pocket doors, giving our passengers complete privacy. Behind these beautiful closed doors, we prepare meals discreetly, utilize the Crew bathroom... we even use this area to simply stretch and talk, never interfering with the passengers' flight experience.  With a hand picked crew and an aircraft that delivers an unbelievably quiet passenger experience, our principals are assured that their private matters and business enterprises will remain private.


October 25

Embraer's Customer Support Experience

​Friday, 24 October 2014

Sapporo – Tokyo (some thoughts)

Such a long flight to Tokyo through Sapporo required a high dosage of concentration! We had to use all of the onboard technology to deal with the quick changes in arrival procedures, approaches, and runway assignments! I have spent many years flying, but the absolute need for technology in the cockpit has never been more obvious to me than it is today. Without all of this at our fingertips in such complex air spaces, we would be far behind the curve.

During our flight across the ocean, we had emailed the Contact Center using our Global Internet system. We mentioned that we had a galley food preparation table that would not operate quite correctly, and a refrigerator that was not cooling as much as we'd like. Our expectation was just to provide notification to the Contact Center so that we could have these items rectified when we returned to our base in Orlando, Florida. How surprised were we when Embraer had already made plans to resolve these minor issues upon our arrival to Singapore! Now THAT'S true customer support at the highest level!

Whenever I provide consulting services to future aircraft buyers who are either purchasing their first aircraft or right-sizing their fleet, I apply a "Global Excellence" approach to the process. To me, this means emphasizing the importance of long-term relationships when selecting a product, or brand. Twice today, we witnessed examples of the long-term investment that Embraer has in its products and its people. Around the world, Embraer proves itself time again as an OEM, a Partner, and a friend. Our relationship with the men and women of Embraer solidly confirm the confidence we have in our purchase.

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October 24

Our experience in Sapporo

​Friday, 24 October 2014
Sapporo – Tokyo 

We departed Sapporo in the afternoon for our next leg to Tokyo, leaving behind a superb ground support team now decorated with shiny, silver Embraer Birds! All of us were treated so well by this team that we were happy to share these highly sought-after lapel pins. If you are lucky enough to have one too, we would love to see pictures of you and The Bird on your social media pages! Post photos of you with The Bird, using some of the hashtags we suggest (below) to share your support For The Journey!

We landed in Tokyo today and were immediately welcomed by Elton Lima, Field Support Services Representative from Embraer's Singapore office. He was here to make sure we received the support and assistance that Embraer is known for around the world. The airplane performed flawlessly on this complex flight, and I would love nothing more than to share all of the benefits that make the Legacy 650 the perfect flying machine for our voyage. But, needless to say, jet lag has taken its toll... With unmatched efficiency, we were escorted through security procedures and whisked off to our next hotel. I now eagerly await some resemblance of a sunset in order to draw the window shades down and go get some sleep! 

Don't forget, my friends, I am here to share my travels with you, so please feel free to ask me anything. I am eager to address your questions in my spare time! 

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October 24

Day 2 of the Journey

​Thursday, 23 October 2014

Anchorage - Sapporo

Part of having a successful operation is to have a strong operations team supporting the Crew, we just can’t do it alone. This evening, our partners at ABS Jets (operators of seven Legacy aircraft) alerted us of the very strong wind flow over the North Atlantic routes and suggested a stop. Although it normally takes three days for permits to be arranged, the ABS Dispatch team managed to secure all permissions for a stop in Sapporo before we continue on to Tokyo.

Having the ability to use CPDLC and ADS-B on the Legacy 650 gives us an amazing advantage. We have the ability to digitally send our position reports and the privilege to be monitored by air traffic control continuously, even in areas not serviced by radar. Some might think that this advantage is only applicable while crossing the ocean, but, for example, we used it just yesterday for the entire route over Canada. The ADS-B provides us with enhanced traffic avoidance and awareness safety, and the ability to clearly identify the air traffic around us in remote regions.

With our global Internet system and satellite phone, our CEO can stay in touch with our head office and continue to make critical decisions while in flight. This alone justifies his investment in the Legacy 650.


October 23

Day 1 of the journey

Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Naples – Chicago

We safely arrived in Anchorage today after nine hours of solid flying. We were greeted by stunning vistas and the friendly staff at Great Circle Aviation. We could see over 200 miles with crystal clear weather. Thanks to the SATCOM system, we were able to research an excellent restaurant and make dinner reservations for our principal and his family before we deplaned in Alaska. They were quite impressed, of course.

Now we are off to the hotel for some much needed rest. Tomorrow – Japan! ​


October 22

The Send-off Ceremony

Tuesday's send-off: Embraer Executives wish Andre and his team "boa viagem" as they depart from NBAA 2014.



October 21

A few thoughts before departure

​Stepping onto foreign land is humbling. Every time. My own importance is tossed out of the spotlight, and into perspective, as reality illustrates how infinitesimal each of us truly is. Nothing in these foreign places is mine except a bag and its contents. The air we breathe, the waters we’ve crossed… even the sky that seems to be our only companion in flight – none of it belongs to us. We share this world with so many people, so many cultures, and each time we land, the tremendous range of diversity leaves me feeling momentarily lost. I am forced to abandon all that is familiar to me, to constantly remind myself that this place was not designed for me, but for its people. This discomfort is the greatest gift, in my opinion. It allows me to approach everything with humility, as if for the first time. On our journeys, we take nothing for granted. 

The life of a pilot is blessed, and brutal. We have studied for years, trained and re-trained, pored over countless charts and forms, and sacrificed terrestrial comforts, all for the sake of airborne freedom. We touch the skies, reaching heights that some people will only ever dream about. We are aviators. We see the world in a different way. Today we have begun our epic journey around the world and we invite you to see it with us. 



October 21

A Journey all around the world in the Legacy 650

It was Andre Fodor who first came to Embraer Executive Jets, telling us about his plans to fly around the world in the Legacy 650 he pilots for his employer. His excitement was infectious, and together our teams have worked hard with tremendous enthusiasm, preparing men and machine for this elaborate three-week mission. 

From the U.S. to Asia, through the Middle East and onward to Europe, we will be monitoring the progress of our friends, ensuring their safe passage as they explore the world. We are honored to support Andre, Claudio, and Sim during their travels. With much gratitude, and on behalf of everyone at Embraer Executive Jets, we wish the entire team the very best of experiences.