Stefan’s Phenom-enal journey – Orlando to Oxford

Hi Stefan here.

FlairJet recently took delivery of its Phenom 100 which took off from Orlando. I was lucky enough to be invited to travel on the first UK ‘G’ registered Embraer Phenom 100 (G-SRBN).

We touched down at its new home at London Oxford Airport,  at 15.28 (GMT) on 29 October. At the controls were Oxford-based FlairJet CEO and Capt David Fletcher and Capt Graham Rose.

We were met by the FlairJet team at the Oxfordjet FBO with champagne at the ready. I might have had more than my fair share.

The journey back began from Orlando where FlairJet attended the 62nd NBAA show and picked up the aircraft.

Last minute changes meant we needed to fly from Orlando to Fort Lauderdale in the Phenom 100, then from Miami to Sao Paulo by a scheduled TAM flight. 

FlairJet formally accepted the aircraft from Embraer in Sao Jose dos Campos following the certification of airworthiness issued by the UK CAA. The delivery was completed in two stages with the Phenom 100 originally leaving Embraer’s Brazilian facility for delivery to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

See the rest of our route  below and click on the images of me.

 


It was truly a Phenom-enal journey(!) and although it wasn’t the most direct route, it meant I got acquainted with FlairJet and its new aircraft.

Capt Fletcher said: “The aircraft handled brilliantly. It was a joy to fly, especially the spectacular approaches into the Caribbean, the Dutch Antilles of St Maarten and the fjords of Narsarsuaq, Greenland.”

Total ‘delivery’ flying mileage was 7,730nm. Capt Fletcher, former pilot on Monarch Airlines’ Airbus A320, compared flying the two aircraft: “In many ways, the Phenom is similar to the A320 with its intelligent flight management system and ease of operation, but it is much more fun to fly.”

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