Embraer introduced the Phenom 100 in 2007, creating an entry-level very light jet that can carry four passengers with its typical configuration, but can also be configured to carry up to seven passengers with a single pilot. In the years following the release of the Phenom 100, Embraer introduced two variants in the Phenom 100E and 100EV, each of which has unique upgrades when compared to the original.
The original Phenom 100 comes equipped with two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617-F engines, giving it a normal cruise speed of 361 knots, a range of 1,071 nautical miles, a climb rate of 3,061 feet per minute. The original Phenom 100 requires 3,400 feet of runway to takeoff and 2,722 to land.
In 2014, Embraer began delivering the Phenom 100E, which offers multifunction spoilers and upgraded interior options. New options include upgraded seats, a solid lavatory door and an extra passenger seat. Equipped with the same Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617-F engines as the original, the 100E’s performance specs are similar. It has a normal cruise speed of 361 knots, a range of 1,178 nautical miles, and it requires 3,400 feet of runway to takeoff and 2,722 to land, but those who have flown the 100E say the new spoilers make descents more manageable.
In 2016, Embraer launched the Phenom 100EV, giving the aircraft upgraded PW617F1-E engines with more thrust than those found on earlier models as well as upgraded avionics. The upgraded engines increase the Phenom’s top speed while improving upon hot-and-high performance and reducing takeoff distance. The Phenom 100EV has a normal cruise speed of 400 knots, a range of 1,092 nautical miles, and it requires 3,250 feet of runway to takeoff and 3,150 to land. It also comes equipped with Embraer’s Prodigy Touch avionics package, which incorporates Garmin’s G3000.