Best of the Best 2011: Business Aircraft: Light: Embraer Phenom 100

    Though categorized as a light jet because its maximum takeoff weight exceeds 10,000 pounds—just barely—the Embraer Phenom 100 (www.embraerexecutivejets.com) has operating costs that are more akin to those of a very light jet or turboprop. It is priced at $3.9 million and burns just 88 gallons of fuel per hour. The Phenom 100 has a cruise speed of nearly 450 mph, a range of 1,356 miles, 53 cubic feet of external luggage space, and seating for as many as six passengers, in a cabin conceived by the ergonomics experts at BMW DesignworksUSA.

    The chopper can be outfitted with a conference table, swivel seating, and a mini galley…
    After two years of development, the fuel-efficient plane has completed its first test flight…
    This solar technology could have applications in commercial and business aviation…
    Built on a Beechcraft King Air C09A airframe, the plane has new General Electric engines…
    Photo by Paul Bowen
    The extended-range aircraft’s circumnavigation required just one stop and set two speed records...
    Photo by Airbus Group / CAPA / Cyril Abad
    The company hopes its E-Fan 2.0 training aircraft will lead to electric-powered jetliners…
    Deliveries of the new jet are expected to begin late this year…
    Nextant G90XT features General Electric’s new H80 turboprop engines...
    Photo by Philippe Stroppa
    The company expects to begin deliveries next year…
    Embraer Lineage 1000E is the new extended-range variant of the Brazilian manufacturer’s Lineage...