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Many resources are available to Embraer Jet Operators Association members including annual conventions, product and service discounts, a professionally-produced newsletter, and a dedicated website. Two membership classes are available:

  • Active: Own a Phenom or Legacy aircraft, have one on order, or hold a Phenom or Legacy type-rating.
  • Affiliate: Provide aviation-related services.

Annual membership fees are US $250 for Active members and US $500 for Affiliates.

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Santa Fe Conference a Record Success

The 2016 PHENOMENAL/Embraer EEOC Conference is in the record books-literally. The May 18-21 conference in Santa Fe drew record attendance from Phenom owners, operators, pilots and their guests; exhibitors and vendors; and Embraer engineering, technical, support services and sales staffs.

The conference centered around two-and-a-half days of pilot and operational seminars, Embraer technical updates on the Phenom 100 and 300, and briefings by Pratt & Whitney, Garmin, Embraer-CAE Training Services, CAMP Systems, and other product and service providers.

Legacy 450 was in attendance at Santa Fe Jet Center, the host FBO for the conference.

The 2016 PHENOMENAL Conference was made possible financially by the generous support of sponsors including our first-ever Platinum sponsor-Eagle Creek Aviation Services/Naples Jet Center, as well as the individuals and companies that donated products and services to the annual PHENOMENAL auction. To see photos from the conference, the list of sponsors, and auction items and donors, Click Here.

Embraer announced at the conference that it has launched a new aftermarket modifications team that will engineer, develop, and certify numerous upgrades to the Phenom 100/300 and Legacy 450/500. A partial list of planned upgrades:

Phenom 100:
  • Coat Hanger
  • Passenger Addressing System
  • Powder-Coated Aisle Trim
  • New Refreshment Center
  • New Improved Sunshade/Sunvisor
  • Pax Cabin Improved Acoustic Package
  • IFE System Upgrade
  • Seat Upholstery Replacement
  • Cockpit Legroom Extension
Phenom 300:
  • Mirror in the Lavatory
  • Improved LDG/Taxi Lights
  • EVS
  • Second XPDR ACSS
  • Two-Place Divan
  • Pax Cabin Improved Acoustic Package
  • Seat Upholstery Replacement
  • Cockpit Legroom Extension

Phenom 300 crew seat is moved back three inches, and maximum recline increases to 15 degrees.

Legacy 450/500:
  • Customized Galley Inserts for China, Crystals, Silverware
  • Add/ Replace Galley Equipment
  • High-Power Outlets next to Left-Hand Side VIP Seat
  • USB Charger Ports
  • Cockpit Observer Seat
  • Steep Approach
  • High-Altitude Landing and Takeoff
  • ADS-B Out
  • EVS
  • Enhanced Vision System
  • HUD
  • Head-up Display

To view the full Aftermarket Modification presentation given at the conference, as well as other conference presentations, Click Here.

Gary James Elected to EJOA Board

At a "State of the Association" presentation at the Santa Fe conference, EJOA President Keith Christensen reported that Gary James has been elected as the newest member of the association's board of directors. A Phenom 100 owner and pilot, Gary replaces founding board member Lou Meiners, who has retired from the board. Gary and his wife Kelly live in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, where he is President of Dynalab, an electronics manufacturing services company. To contact Gary through his member profile Click Here.

Gary James's membership profile photo.
That's fellow Ohioan John Glenn at left.

Hans Barbachano and David O'Maley were reelected to two-year terms on the board. The current board is comprised of Keith Christensen, Hans Barbachano, Gary James, Jay Obernolte, and David O'Maley.

Fall 2016 and 2017 Annual Phenomenal Conferences Set

Following successful mini-conferences in 2013 in Puerto Rico and 2014 in Yountville, California, the association is planning a mini-conference for September 8-11 at The Cliff House in Ogunquit, Maine, south of Kennebunkport.

As the name suggests, the mini-conference is a smaller affair than the annual conference. It is intended to be a more intimate, relaxing gathering of Phenom owners, operators, and pilots. The weekend event features education in the form of seminars Friday and Saturday mornings, but the emphasis is on social gatherings and activities at a very nice venue. There are no exhibits at the mini-conference.

The Cliff House, Ogunquit, Maine

The Cliff House is an iconic Maine resort dating back to 1872 that stretches across 70 oceanfront acres atop Bald Head Cliff on the southern coast of Maine, overlooking the ocean's edge and Nubble Lighthouse. We'll soon announce details of the mini-conference including the agenda, resort booking information, and recommended airport and FBO.

The 2017 annual conference will be held May 31-June 3 at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee. Nashville has become a favored international destination, and the Gaylord is the top resort in town.

The Gaylord Opryland, Nashville

The annual conference will again be held in conjunction with Embraer's Executive Operators Conference, and will feature several days of seminars and product and services exhibits.

We are finalizing details of both the fall 2016 mini-conference and spring 2017 annual conference, and will announce details of each as soon as they are available.

New Member Benefit:
APS Upset Prevention & Recovery Training

The Embraer Jet Operators Association has formed a new member-benefit partnership with Aviation Performance Solutions, the leading provider of Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) to overcome Loss of Control In-flight.

Loss of Control In-flight (LOC-I) is defined as flight that occurs outside of the normal flight envelope with an inability of the pilot to control the aircraft. The NTSB has pointed to LOC-I as the primary category of accident in every segment of aviation including personal, instructional, business and corporate flying sectors. As the NTSB's top aviation safety concern in its 2016 Most Wanted List, LOC-I accounts for more than 40% of all fatalities in general aviation. According to the FAA's website, a fatal LOC-I accident occurs every four days in the United States.

APS's three-day jet pilot UPRT program includes:

  • Preparatory web-based self-study course to include all aspects of the industry-recognized Airplane Upset Recovery Training Aid
  • On-aircraft Professional Pilot Upset Training program (4.5 in-flight missions and 8.5 hours of specialized ground instruction)
  • 1-hour jet-specific high performance briefing for jet pilots
  • A culminating 2-hour upset-specific, advanced multi-engine glass cockpit simulator session with an expert APS instructor

And, EJOA members in good standing receive a $500 discount on the price of the optional A4 Skyhawk High-Altitude/High Mach Jet Upset Training flight.

EJOA member Hans Barbachano (right) following his A4 Skyhawk High-Altitude/High-Mach UPRT flight

APS also will be providing EJOA with relevant safety articles focusing on loss-of-control issues.

Finally, we are working with APS to offer a weekend UPRT course in Mesa, Arizona, exclusively for a small group of EJOA members, sometime this coming October. We'll report to you on the specific dates and details of the weekend training.

In the meantime, Click Here to download EJOA Loss is Control In-Flight (LOC-I) Resources. and Click Here to register for the APS UPRT program and receive the EJOA member-discount.


Another New Member Benefit:
Mayo Clinic ProPilot

Along with the APS UPRT program, we very pleased to report that the association has been working on a new member benefit program with the world-renowned Mayo Clinic. Mayo has a new ProPilot program based on the concept of keeping you healthy and flying as PIC.

Many pilots avoid medical exams, even preventive services, because they fear losing their FAA medical certificates. This avoidance often results in receiving substandard medical care. Unaddressed medical needs are a far greater risk to a pilot's career than well-planned preventive and aviation examinations. The best insurance for protection against unexpected medical issues that could threaten your aviation medical certificate is to become involved with a program of early detection.

That is the core of the Mayo Clinic's ProPilot Program. It offers high-quality aviation medical certification exams paired with preventive health screening and, if necessary, treatment, all coordinated and conducted at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Mayo is prepared to offer Embraer Jet Operators Association members a one-time 50-percent discount on the ProPilot $395 annual administrative fee, which includes a medical records review, flight physical, and other important benefits. We are finalizing the paperwork for this exciting new member benefit, and as soon as it is completed we will provide all of the details and begin member enrollment in ProPilot. Stay tuned!



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