Cockspur’s Phenom 100 review

A high-performance VLJ for Microsoft Flight Simulator

The Embraer EMB500, otherwise known as the Phenom 100, is part of a growing trend in aviation that has emerged in the last decade for Very Light Jets (VLJs) that offer luxury transport, efficient operation and the ability for aviators to fly single-handedly with a vast array of modern technology assisting the pilot in day-to-day use.

Elegant lines and a modern profile make the Phenom 100 an attractive aircraft to pilot.
Elegant lines and a modern profile make the Phenom 100 an attractive aircraft to pilot. Jacob Little

The development of the Phenom 100 traces back to the early 2000s, when Embraer recognised a growing demand for a new class of light jets that could offer greater performance and efficiency to people who would otherwise be flying piston or turboprop aircraft for business travel. As an entry-level jet, the journey to be regulated and type-rated on the Phenom 100 is a relatively simple one, allowing a new breed of pilot to experience jet travel by providing an easier step up from piston, turboprop and light aircraft.

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