Embraer Executive Jets’ entry-level single-pilot twinjet, the Phenom 100EV, has received several upgrades to its Garmin G3000 Prodigy Touch avionics suite. Article by AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne.
Leading the list is a new hardware update that provides more processing power and higher-resolution displays. A new standard-equipment software load for Phenom 100EVs will enable features like emergency descent mode, graphical weight and balance, coupled go-around, takeoff and landing distance and performance calculations, and ADS-B In. Garmin FliteCharts, IFR and VFR en route charts, and FAA Datacomm are available as options.
The first Phenom 100s went into service in 2008, followed by a steady progression of upgrades to the type. An increased payload came in 2012; new interiors in 2013; standard synthetic vision in 2015; and a faster, 406-knot max cruise speed with the Phenom 100EV in 2017.
About the Author: AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.