Embraer is launching a medical conversion of its Phenom 300 single-pilot business jet with on-demand charter operator GrandView Aviation. Read on to find out more about what the conversion will entail.
The Phenom 300MED conversion, first announced in August 2020, is designed to enable quick, easy medical configuration for civil and government applications. The Phenom 300MED utilizes Aerolite medical equipment and comes with a set of configuration alternatives featuring one or two stretchers, the ability to carry an incubator and additional medical equipment, and hospital-grade trim and finishing.
According to Marsha Woelber, head of worldwide executive jets customer support and aftermarket sales at Embraer Service and Support, Phenom 300 series aircraft provide a unique combination of standard comfort and health characteristics.
“The light jet is able to hold cabin pressurization at 6,600 ft. when flying at its maximum operating altitude (FL450) and recirculate 100% of cabin air in about two minutes,” says Woelber. According to Embraer, this functionality will enable passengers and crew to receive more oxygen in the cabin, creating a healthier flight experience for medical staff and patients.
Woelber says the Phenom 300MED will also come with the ability to configure the aircraft interior with antimicrobial and antifungal materials, suitable for the routine use of cleaning products. It can also be developed with additional stand-alone elements that facilitate the isolation of patients, depending on an operator’s specific needs.
The first Phenom 300MED will be converted at Embraer’s Service Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Woelber says the conversion from medevac to executive interior and vice versa is expected to take no longer than eight hours once the supplemental type certificate (STC) is implemented.
The Phenom 300MED conversion will be available through a STC developed and certified by Embraer and umlaut. The STC will be certified by the FAA, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC), and can be certified by other authorities upon a customer’s request. Embraer expects the STC certification process to conclude in the next few months.
Phenom 300MED launch customer GrandView Aviation operates from bases across the U.S. Jessie Naor, COO of GrandView Aviation, says the company originally selected the Phenom 300 as its national fleet platform due to its flexibility and high utilization reliability.
“With the Phenom 300MED conversion, our aircraft can transition from a passenger cabin interior to medevac in a matter of hours, allowing for maximum operational efficiency,” she says. “We already operate diverse missions, and the Phenom 300MED further adds to our ability to meet a wide variety of client needs.”
Embraer says it has other potential Phenom 300MED conversion customer campaigns taking place, but it is not disclosing details at this time.
Lindsay Bjerregaard is managing editor for Aviation Week’s MRO portfolio. Her coverage focuses on MRO technology, workforce, and product and service news for AviationWeek.com, Aviation Week Marketplace and Inside MRO.