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Embraer delivers first Phenom for UK training programme

Embraer has delivered its first Phenom 100 to be used during multi-engine pilot training for the UK armed forces, with the adapted business jet to appear in the static display at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) later this month.

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Accepted at the Brazilian manufacturer's São José dos Campos site on 4 July, the aircraft is the first of at least five Phenom 100s to be acquired by Affinity Flight Training Services – a joint venture between Elbit Systems UK and KBR. Embraer says its contract also includes services support, as well as an option for additional, follow-on aircraft.

The first delivery was performed "ahead of the original programme schedule", notes Affinity managing director Iain Chalmers. The company is responsible for delivering a new fleet of fixed-wing training assets under the UK Military Flying Training System (MFTS) programme. In addition to the eventual five Phenoms, this will also include 23 Grob Aircraft G120TPs and 10 Beechcraft T-6Cs.

Nine G120TP elementary trainers have already arrived in the UK, with Affinity having recently accepted a further two at Grob's production facility in Germany. The MFTS programme's first T-6C (below) made its debut flight in late May.

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Affinity plans to have each of the three new training types on show at RIAT.

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