Embraer has introduced ground power mode (GPM) capability into the Phenom 300E light business jet for power independence in ground operations. The GPM conveniently preserves ideal cabin conditions in inclement and even extreme weather as well as lighting to facilitate passenger onboarding, deplaning and baggage handling independent of external power sources.
The Phenom 300E's new GPM capability allows pilots to operate one of the engines in idle to power the aircraft's environmental, lighting and entertainment systems throughout ground operations. In addition to the convenience of power supply independence, especially at remote airports with limitations in hours of operation, ground support equipment availability or power infrastructure, idle engine time will not accrue as engine flight hours. The GPM simulates an auxiliary power unit, thus dispensing its need while mitigating additional aircraft weight and maintenance costs. The new capability will be made available free of charge to new customers of the Phenom 300E and through a service bulletin to current Phenom 300E and Phenom 300 owners.
“The Phenom 300E continues to deliver value to our customers and represents the ideal balance of performance, comfort, efficiency and reliability,” says Embraer Executive Jets vice president programmes Luciano Castro. “With the Phenom 300E's power independence through its new GPM capability, our customers will be able to fully enjoy the cabin during extreme weather ground operations at remote destinations with limited power sources.”
The GPM capability of the Phenom 300E was developed in partnership with Pratt & Whitney Canada. The PW535E engine model that powers the Phenom 300E meets and exceeds the demands of the high utilisation business aviation market with specifically adapted maintenance intervals, easy on-wing maintenance features, and excellent operating economics. The PW535E's durable, compact and lightweight design drives the Phenom 300E's performance and fuel efficiency.
This achievement happens along with another key programme milestone for Embraer; the arrival of the 1,000th PW535E engine, a model that has proven its high performance reliability in over 1.5 million engine hours.