Etihad Flight College, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates has taken delivery of its first Phenom 100E from Embraer Executive Jets.
The light business jet was arrived at the base of Etihad Flight College in the city of Al Ain in the second week of June.
A second Phenom 100E will be delivered at Al Ain later this month and two more aircraft will be delivered in early 2017.
Etihad Flight College is now the first flight school to use the aircraft in the initial phase of flying training.
“Designed for high utilization with a pilot-friendly cockpit and docile flying qualities, the Phenom 100E has been considered an obvious choice by airlines for preparing its cadets for multi-engine jet operations”, said Marco Tulio Pellegrini, President and CEO, Embraer Executive Jets.
Embraer and Etihad Flight College announced a contract for four Embraer Phenom 100E in June 2015.
“Our flight college is a world-class training facility, producing a constant stream of well trained, highly-skilled pilots – the majority of whom are Emirati – for the growing operations of Etihad Airways,” said Philip Chandler, Etihad Flight College’s General Manager.
“The Phenom 100E is an exciting new asset for Etihad Flight College. The airline-grade technology, performance and reliability make the Phenom an ideal initial training aircraft to prepare our students for line operations.”
Over 20 Phenom 100E orders for flight training proposes, have been received by Embraer, including options. The type was recently also selected to provide multi-engine pilot training to armed forces aircrew — Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and British Army — in the United Kingdom.
The Phenom 100E is also used by flight schools in the US, Finland and Australia for pilot training and instruction. A fleet of over 330 Phenom 100s is in operation worldwide.