World-class food and dining. Wines from California's best vineyards. A striking, contemporary hotel in a charming, walkable town. Soft, early-spring northern California weather. And, best of all, useful information on best practices for flying and maintaining your Phenom.
That's what's in store for the Phenom Jet Association's April 3-6, 2014 mini-conference at the Bardessono in Yountville, California. Note that this is our Spring mini-conference; the 2014 annual Phenomenal conference, which features a more extensive seminar and social schedule, as well as sponsors and exhibitors, will take place July 16-20 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. We will begin the registration process for Coeur d'Alene in a few weeks.
Yountville, 17 miles north of Napa, boasts of having a number of Michelin-starred and recommended restaurants including The French Laundry, Bouchon, Redd, Ad Hoc, Bottega, Bistro Jeanty and others.
The Bardessono is in the heart of Napa wine country.
And, we'll be in the heart of Napa Valley, which has more than 450 wineries dotting the valley floor and climbing the slopes. No doubt about it, Yountville is Ground Zero for some of the world's best food and wine.
The conference venue, the Bardessono, is California's first and only luxury LEED Platinum-built and certified hotel, and is regarded as the best hotel in the region. Lucy, the Bardessono's excellent restaurant, uses vegetables grown in the on-site garden, and vineyards flourish just outside the suites.
This is the fabulous setting for our Spring 2014 mini-conference.
For more information about the conference, and to register and book your accommodations, Click Here.
Embraer Hosts Phenom Operators in Cabo
A near miss by Tropical Storm Sonia failed to dampen enthusiasm for the Embraer Executive Jets 2013 Phenom Operators Conference at the gorgeous Westin Resort and Spa in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico.
The storm swept by the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula the day before the conference began, pushing in strong winds and low clouds. But the next morning dawned clear and bright, and the weather was spectacular for the balance of the event. The three-day conference drew strong attendance from Phenom 100 and 300 owners and operators, about 15 of whom flew their jets to Cabo, landing at the privately owned and operated -- and highly efficient -- MMSL, Cabo San Lucas International Airport.
EEOC began with a Mexican Fiesta welcome
Conference presentations included a Phenom 100/300 product update, including details of new optional multi-functional spoilers for the Phenom 100 and new interior options; a technical and operational panel with a comprehensive update on service bulletin status; and an update on Phenom pilot training by Walter Slazyk of Embraer-CAE Training Services (ECTS).
All of those presentations are available for viewing by Clicking Here.
"Cheat Sheet" Simplifies Takeoff and Climb Planning
Performance is the number one reason we fly jets, but having all that power at hand brings with it a responsibility to know the limitations of that performance, especially for takeoff and initial climb. And, there is a lot to know.
Phenom Jet Association Pilot Proficiency Advisor and "Eye of the Mentor" blogger Neil Singer is here to help you stay in the know when it comes to jet takeoff and climb performance factors.
Cheat Sheet clearly identifies all the factors to consider in takeoff /climb planning
Neil has composed a great tool, which he calls the "Takeoff/Climb Performance Cheat Sheet," that breaks down the various takeoff/climb factors to consider, including:
- Takeoff weight limit
- Declared distances
- Departure procedures
- Runway analysis
His Cheat Sheet is easy to understand and apply. You'll want to have a copy handy when you do your flight planning. To see Neil's Takeoff/Climb Performance Cheat Sheet, Click Here.
Limited Supply of Pre-Owned Phenoms Good for Pricing
Kandi Spangler, Phenom 100 and 300 marketing specialist for JetBrokers, Inc., reports that there is only a six-month supply of pre-owned Phenom 100s for sale, which bodes well for seller pricing. Kandi also has an interesting take on actual verses advertised DOCs for the Phenon 100. You can read her latest blog when you Click Here.
Phenom Journey to the Caribbean
On February 16, 2014, a group Phenom owners will be leaving the U.S. for an exciting eight-day journey to several Caribbean islands. The first stop will be the beautiful Grand Isles on the Exumas Island chain in the Bahamas. Next is Nevis and the Four Seasons with its Trent Jones-designed golf course. Finally, the Canouan Resort in the Grenadines.
Phenom trip visits three Caribbean islands
The trip is being arrangement by Air Journey, whose founder and president, Thierry Pouille, generously donated to the Phenomenal 2013 auction in Montreal.
For more information about the trip Click Here.
At the NBAA Convention in Las Vegas, Embraer Executive Jets President Ernie Edwards announced that he is retiring at the end of the year. Edwards, who has enjoyed a 40-plus-year career in aviation with several manufacturers, been with Embraer since 2005. He was named president of Embraer Executive Jets in 2011. Marco TÃºlio Pellegrini, currently Embraer Executive Jets's COO and senior vice president of operations, will take over as president upon Edwards's retirement.
Marco Túlio Pellegrini
Also at NBAA, Embraer unveiled a new paint scheme for the Phenom 100 and 300. Gone are the swoopy, multi-colored bands, replaced by a stately cobalt blue primary color. Nice!
Embraer had models to show off new paint scheme
The Embraer Legacy 500 made a brief appearance at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International in November for an evening showing to interested parties. The jet, which features a Collins Fusion cockpit with four 15-inch screens controlled by trackballs, departed that evening for Brazil and more certification testing. Embraer expects to achieve FAA certification of the very impressive fly-by-wire, 3,000-nmi midsize jet in mid-2014. You can have one for around $20 million.
Collins Fusion cockpit in Embraer Legacy 500
Is your maintenance manual reaching max gross weight? Need a second binder? Check out Embraer's official leather-bound manual at www.embraercompanystore.com and select "Public Enthusiast" from the left side of the page, and in the search window type "binder." The 2-inch log manual is listed under Business Accessories, Journal/Notebooks.
Leather-bound manual for aircraft logs