Etihad Flight College, the training subsidiary of United Arab Emirates’ flag carrier Etihad Airways, chooses the Embraer Phenom 100E jet for its pilot training. A purchase agreement for four of those aircraft, plus an option on another three, has been signed on 23 June 2015.
The order is worth about 30 million US dollar if the order will be be firmed up fully. Deliveries are expected in February 2016. The delivery of the four new Embraer Phenom 100E jets will bring the first jet engine powered aircraft to the Etihad Flight College, where student-pilots currently are operating 16 single-engine propeller planes.
Based in Al Ain, the Etihad Flight College is the first organization in the world to use multi-engine aircraft in the core phase of its Multi Crew Pilot Licence (MPL) training program, and provides training for up to 120 Emirati and international cadets annually.
The MPL training program provides students with the core competencies required of an airline pilot in today’s ever-changing aviation marketplace. It focuses on relevant and operator-specific training, rather than the traditional model of performance-based training in a generic format. It produces pilots with not only the skills to fly a modern commercial aircraft to the most exacting standards, but the competencies and attitudes required of a professional pilot as well.
Established following the acquisition of the fixed wing division of Horizon International Flight Academy from Mubadala in September 2014, the Etihad Flight College will train up to 200 Emirati and international cadets annually. Etihad Airways currently employs over 2,200 pilots to operate its fleet of 110 Airbus and Boeing aircraft.
The Phenom 100E has a four-occupant range of 1,178 nautical miles (2,182 km), with NBAA IFR reserves. With a high speed cruise of 390 knots, the Phenom 100E is one of the faster jets in its class, with operating costs comparable to that of leading turbo-prop aircraft. The Phenom 100E also features multi-function spoilers, and the aircraft is capable of flying at 41,000 feet (12,500 m), powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F-E engines with 1,695 pounds of thrust each.
Featured image: The 300th Phenom 100 was produced in April 2014 (Image © Embraer)