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Airborne from below, clean configuration, showing its straight wing
The Phenom 100 has an oval fuselage with a 7.985 m³ (282 ft³) passenger cabin, a 1.47 m-high by 0.74 m-wide (4.5'x2.1') door and 1.2'x1' windows.
Its unpressurized cargo hold is 1.56 m³ (54.9ft³).
Its structural life is 28,000 flight cycles or 35,000 hours, and it is built of 20% composite materials.
It has capacity for four passengers in its normal configuration, but it can carry up to seven passengers with a single crew, with an optional side-facing seat and belted toilet. The cabin interior is designed by BMW DesignworksUSA.
The aircraft is fitted with two rear-mounted Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617-F turbofan engines rated at a takeoff thrust of 7.2 kN (1,695 lb) to ISA+10 °C. The engines have dual full authority digital engine control (FADEC). An automatic performance reserve (APR) feature boosts engine output to 1,777 lb in the event of engine failure on takeoff. Later model PW 617 F-E models have a ten-minute thrust rating at 1,820 lb.
It has a maximum flying range of 1,178 nmi (2,182 km) with four occupants and NBAA IFR Reserves.
In April 2005 Embraer's board of directors approved the development of very light and light jets. On November 9, the company announced at the annual NBAA convention that the very light jet would be called the Phenom 100, and displayed a full-scale mock-up of the aircraft.
The aircraft first flew on July 26, 2007 at São José dos Campos, Brazil. It was awarded a type certificate from Brazil's National Civil Aviation Authority on December 9, 2008 The first aircraft was delivered on December 24, 2008.
Initial production variant
Updated variant including multifunction spoilers.
Phenom 100EV Evolution
Weight savings and thrust increase from 1,695lb to 1,730lb shortening time to climb to 41,000ft from 33min to 25min and reducing takeoff distance at high-altitude and high-temperature airports from 6,609ft to 5,663ft, Garmin G3000 touch-screen flightdeck at a $4.495 million list price. It was first delivered on March 31, 2017.
Royal Air Force - Operated as part of the UK Military Flying Training System. On 2 February 2016 the UK Ministry of Defence signed a contract KBR-Elbit Systems for the procurement and support of five Embraer Phenom 100 jets to train Royal Air Force and Royal Navy air crew until 2033.
Embraer was originally planning to deliver 15 Phenom 100s in 2008 and 120-150 aircraft in 2009 but it ended up delivering only two aircraft in 2008 and had to trim its 2009 plan to 97 aircraft. Embraer had about 30 orders in late 2014.
December 8, 2014: An Embraer Phenom 100 with tail number N100EQ crashed into a suburban home in Gaithersburg, Maryland, while on approach to runway at Montgomery County Airpark. Six people were killed, three in the plane, three in the home on the ground. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report said "had the ice protection been activated the pilot would have received an aural warning of impending stall about 20 seconds earlier." The NTSB report stated "Safety issues relate to the need for a system that provides automatic alerting when ice protection systems should be activated on turbofan airplanes that require a type rating and are certified for single-pilot operations and flight in icing conditions, such as the EMB-500; and the need for training for pilots of these airplanes beyond what is required to pass a check ride".