Emirates Flight Training Academy – operated by Dubai-based Emirates Group – has taken delivery of its first Embraer Phenom 100EV entry-level jet, it announced on Wednesday.
The academy is one of the launch customers for the new Phenom aircraft, which was launched in 2016.
The aircraft, A6-DWC, is the first of the five Phenom 100EVs that will form part of academy’s training fleet. A6-DWC is the eighth Phenom 100EV aircraft manufactured by Embraer.
The aircraft was assembled at Embraer’s production facility in Florida in the US. It landed in Dubai following an eight-day journey across more than 16,000km and 11 countries.
The aircraft was ferried by two Embraer pilots to Dubai in a 16-sector route via airports in the US, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Scotland, Germany, Hungary, Greece, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.
The Emirates Flight Training Academy placed an order for five Phenom 100E business jets at the 2015 Dubai Air Show.
However, in July 2016, the Academy upgraded its order to the new Phenom 100EV aircraft, becoming the first in the world to use the Phenom 100EV as a training platform for cadets.
The Phenom 100EV is an evolution of the Phenom 100E aircraft – one of the most popular entry-level jets in the aviation industry with over 350 aircraft currently in operation.
It features the latest avionics and the industry’s first ever touchscreen glass flight deck designed for light turbine aircraft, providing graphical flight planning training for cadets.
Powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F1-E engines, with 1,730 pounds of thrust, the aircraft has a four-occupant range of 1,178 nautical miles (2,182 km).
Along with the five Embraer Phenom 100EV aircraft, the Emirates Flight Training Academy has placed an order for 22 Cirrus SR22 G6 single-engine piston aircraft out of which six aircraft have already been delivered.
The Emirates Flight Training Academy, located near Dubai World Central airport in Dubai South, is scheduled to be officially inaugurated during the 2017 Dubai Airshow.
The facility will be spread over an area the size of 200 football fields and will include ground school classrooms, ground based simulators, a fleet of training aircraft, a 1,800 sqm dedicated runway, an independent air traffic control tower and a maintenance centre.
It will also feature accommodation and recreational facilities for cadets.