Phenom 100 vs Phenom 300 Face to Face:
The Phenom 300 is a light jet aircraft and a product of the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, Embraer. Originally introduced in 2009 and after its first flight a year earlier, the Phenom 300 quickly became the most wanted jet in the world and became number one on a list of most delivered business jets (overtaking its predecessor the Phenom 100) with over 130 delivered in 2013-2014.
The main focus for the design was to allow for more space than the Phenom 100 and to put comfort at the forefront of the plane. As a result, the cabin is more spacious and allows for more passengers than before. At its core, the Phenom 300 is a twin-engine cantilever monoplane with a low positioned, swept wing; it also has a horizontal stabiliser in a T-tail configuration as well as a tricycle landing gear.
The engine used in the Phenom 300 is a Pratt and Whitney Canada PW500 which offers significant benefits when compared to the Pratt and Whitney Canada PW617-F engine that was used in the Phenom 100. Firstly, the top speed has increased by over 62.1 Miles per hour and the cruise speed on the newer design now sits at 323 Miles per hour.
The range of the aircraft has also vastly improved; the Phenom 300 offers 510 nm further than its predecessor.
Although the aircraft is bigger, Embraer also kept in mind the need for landing at smaller airports such as London City Airport and made this a key goal when designing the plane. The Phenom 300 offers a structural life of 28,000 flight cycles which equates to around 35,000 hours and has winglets but no thrust reversers.
Other Key Differences:
As you can see, the differences between the Phenom 300 and the Phenom 100 are vast but the benefits don’t end with design and performance, technology also has a major role to play in this best-selling aircraft.
The cockpit offers state-of-the-art avionics, single pilot operation as well as a completely unique Flight Management System (FMS) with graphical flight planning capabilities. The aircraft also offers two different temperature zones with the cockpit having control of a different thermostat to the cabin. In-flight entertainment can also be found in abundance with an XM radio receiver, cabin audio control in the VIP seat, moving map and a 10.4” LCD ceiling-mount monitor. High-speed internet access and phone systems are also available (some of these items are optional).
The economic life cycle of 35,000 hours leaves even their closest rivals in the dark. This, coupled with its simple maintenance and long intervals between inspections (12 months or 600 hours) because of the low-intervention maintenance methodology of MSG-3, makes the Phenom 300 the perfect choice for this market. The Phenom 300 starts at around $8,955,000 with no optional extras.