Embraer’s first go at a purpose-built business aircraft was well intentioned, having a spacious cabin for an entry level jet, 370+ KTAS cruise speeds, jetliner-inspired toughness and impressively low operating costs. More than 310 now are in service and more than half of the fleet is in the U.S. But, the Phenom 100 suffered its share of growing pains, including flap failures, inconsistent brake performance and ice-protection system woes, among a couple of dozen snags. Operators, ...


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