Embraer 300E Gains Triple Type Certification

The new runway overrun awareness and alerting system on the 300E aims to reduce a persistent cause of accidents in light jets. Courtesy Embraer Executive Jets

With a speed well-suited to its shiny new Mach number, the updated version of the Embraer Phenom 300E attained certification this week—and not just under FAA authority, but also with the blessing of EASA and Brazil’s ANAC.

Embraer Executive Jets reports that the new 300E met its goals with the intercontinental range extended to beat 2,000 miles—2,010 nm, in fact, at NBAA IFR reserves and 5 passengers—hitting a psychological milestone that Embraer feels will resonate with its customers. During a flight test conducted by Flying in early March, we witnessed the new high-speed cruise of 464 ktas at FL330 off the Florida coast, equivalent to Mach 0.80—another point of pride for the updated model.

A host of safety features have been added to the brains behind the instrument panel, with the most intriguing of these being the ROAAS, or runway overrun awareness and alerting system, targeted to advise the pilot when a potentially hazardous situation exists, and prompting a go-around.

The classy update marries style with efficiency—and brings a new sense of legroom to the flight deck with an almost 40-percent range increase to the pilot’s and co-pilot’s seat tracks. Operators will also like the single-point refueling port and externally serviceable lav, and passengers should enjoy the sophisticated Bossa Nova leather interior. Look for a feature including the full report in an upcoming issue of Flying.

Based in Maryland, Julie is an editor, aviation educator, and author. She holds an airline transport pilot certificate with Douglas DC-3 and CE510 (Citation Mustang) type ratings. She's a CFI/CFII since 1993, specializing in advanced aircraft and flight instructor development. Follow Julie on Twitter @julieinthesky.

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