Best of the Best 2012: Business Aircraft: Light: Embraer Phenom 300

The category-crossover aircraft from Brazilian manufacturer Embraer are changing the way the industry thinks about business-jet design. The $8.76 million Embraer Phenom 300 (954.359.3700, www.embraerexecutivejets.com) has acquisition and operating costs similar to those of a light jet—its 127-gallon-per-hour fuel burn leads the light-jet category—but it looks, feels, and performs like a larger aircraft. The Phenom 300 is capable of reaching its maximum cruising altitude of 45,000 feet in 25 minutes, and it can take six passengers almost 2,200 miles while cruising at speeds beyond 500 mph. (The jet seats as many as 11 passengers.) Its superior size, performance, and efficiency make the aircraft appealing to private owners and fractional providers alike. In 2010, as part of a 100-unit order, private-flight provider Flight Options began taking delivery of the Phenom 300, many examples of which were quickly claimed by fractional owners. And in 2013, fractional aircraft company NetJets will begin taking delivery of the 125 Phenom 300s that it ordered in 2010.

The jet’s large floor plan allows for the addition of an office and a bedroom…
The six-seat, twin-engine jet has a reworked interior and upgraded technology…
The two-seat jet is being developed for both private and military flying…
The design concept incorporates technology found on Mercedes-Benz automobiles…
The new improvement to the BBJ private aircraft reduces drag and adds range…
The company’s design could reduce the flight time between Washington, D.C., and Paris by 3 hours…
The ergonomic chair promises to make long-range flight much more comfortable…
The fractional provider recently took delivery of a custom G450LXi, with more on the way…
The simulated fireplace replicates the heat, sound, and intensity of a real fire…
The amphibious aircraft only requires a sport-pilot license to fly and can be towed behind a car…