Brazil’s Embraer Invites Americans to Pilot Its US$ 3 Million Phenom 100 Jet

Brazilian jet maker Embraer is showing off a full-scale interior mock-up display of its recently launched Phenom 100 jet, during the 2006 Winter Equestrian Festival.

Starting Wednesday, January 25, at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, Florida, visitors will have a chance to experience Embraer’s new jet.

Visitors are also invited to watch the world champion equestrian jumper Rodrigo Pessoa, who is competing in this festival.

Inspired by input from pilots, owners, operators and business executives, Embraer commissioned BMW Group DesignworksUSA to deliver an interior design that melds comfort, function and style.

The result is what Embraer calls "an operation-friendly flight deck seamlessly integrated with the cabin to create an atmosphere of elegant simplicity."

Onboard amenities include a private lavatory and refreshment center, executive table, entertainment and communications at the passenger’s fingertips.

Embraer’s exclusive Oval Lite(TM) design provides more legroom and personal space. Other advantages of the Phenom 100 include single-pilot operation, next-generation engines, low-cost operation and high-utilization design. Embraer hopes that all of this will make the plane the choice for personal use, business travel and air taxi operation.

The Phenom 100 is part of Embraer’s offering to the executive aviation market, which also includes the Phenom 300 and the Legacy 600 jets in its portfolio.

The Phenom 100 will accommodate up to eight people and be powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW617F engine, with 1,615 pounds of thrust.

Its range will be 1,160 nautical miles (NBAA IFR reserves with 100 nm alternate) or 1,320nm (VFR range with 45 min. reserve) with four people onboard, and it will have a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.7.

The airplane is designed for short field takeoff performance and is capable of flying at 41,000 feet. The Phenom 100, priced at US$ 2.75 million in 2005 economic conditions, is expected to enter service in mid-2008.

The Phenom 300 jet will be powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW535E engines, with 3,200 pounds of thrust each. Comfortably accommodating up to nine people, its range will be 1,800 nautical miles (NBAA IFR reserves with 100 nm alternate) with six persons onboard, and it will have a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.78.

The airplane is also designed for short field takeoff performance and is capable of flying at 45,000 feet. The Phenom 300 is expected to enter service in mid-2009 and be priced at US$ 6.65 million based on 2005 economic conditions.

Rodrigo Pessoa is one of the most important riders in the world of equestrian show jumping and competes in approximately 40 equestrian shows annually. He is a three-time World Cup Champion (1998-2000) and 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist.

The annual Winter Equestrian Festival attracts international Olympic equestrian athletes. The event is a proving ground for the U.S. Equestrian Team in show jumping and dressage and the site of qualifying events and selection trials for international events such as the World Cup Final, Samsung Nations Cup Final and summer Olympic Games.

Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. – www.embraer.com.br

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