Three brand new Embraer Phenom 100 jets arrived at Ft. Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (KFLL) within 10 minutes of each other. The flight of three made the journey together from the Embraer delivery center in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, where their owners and technical representatives from jetAVIVA accepted the aircraft. At the controls of each of the three airplanes were their owners, all of whom were type-rated in the Phenom prior to delivery.
Accompanying the owners on the flight were Ben Marcus, CEO of jetAVIVA, and Marcio Lucchese, Manager of Phenom Acceptance and Delivery for jetAVIVA. These deliveries marked jetAVIVA’s seventh, eighth, and ninth Phenom 100s accepted and delivered. jetAVIVA has accepted and delivered approximately one out of four Phenoms destined for North America, and has delivered the first EASA-certificated Phenom 100 to Europe.
Particularly noteworthy on this trek of three Phenoms, father and son Keith and Ryan Chistensen, the first two pilots type rated in the Phenom in all-simulator training at Embraer CAE Training Services (ECTS), piloted their own brand new Phenom on the delivery flight. Keith Christensen said, “What an adventure it was to be able to fly my new Phenom across South America and the Caribbean with my son sharing the cockpit with me. We waited a long time for this and I’m sure glad we had the change to make the trip.”
On their way to the United States, the crews stopped at Gurupi, Palmas, and Belem airports in Brazil, Georgetown, Guyana, and St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles (for two nights). After clearing customs in Ft. Lauderdale, the aircraft continued to their ultimate destinations of Santa Barbara, CA, Yuma, AZ, and Salt Lake City, UT.
Flight time for the journey was just over 19 hours. The aircraft performed admirably.
As a part of its strategy to support its customers in all aspects of placing light jets into service, jetAVIVA’s comprehensive acceptance inspection and delivery service includes flight test to validate performance, systems operation, and handling qualities, a ground inspection for structure, systems, and cosmetics, and a documentation audit prior to final delivery to the end user.