It was ironic that Embraer chose “Phenom” as the name for its first purpose-built business jet. Or was it? A scant decade ago, the Brazilian manufacturer had no real presence in business aviation (its 1970’s era EMB121 Xingu executive turboprop met with limited success), yet today offers a family of six business jets ranging in size from the entry-level Phenom 100 to the heavy-iron Lineage 1000 — a phenomenal achievement by anyone’s reckoning. And this was not some haphazard development ...


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