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Ultimate Jet #73 - Phenom 300E Flight Test

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After more than 14 years, Ultimate Jet is the leading magazine dedicated to Business Aviation. In this latest issue, an analysis of how business aviation manufacturers faced Covid-19; an interview of Jahid Fazal-Karim CEO of JetCraft; a cabin design review by M&R Design Concepts; and discover the long awaited exclusive Embraer Phenom 300E Flight Test.

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MANUFACTURER I 36 R eno, Nevada-based Aerion Supersonic is committed to building the next generation of global transportation networks, which, according to CEO Tom Vice, will “significantly reduce the time and friction of travel, while leaving no carbon footprint behind.” The AS2 supersonic business jet is set to travel up to Mach 1.4 or 1,OOOpmh+, delivering low noise and carbon-neutral performance. Unveiling the AS2’s finalized, shorter and lighter design in April, Aerion lays the foundation for a follow-on family of high-speed commercial and military derivatives. The new AS2 trijet boasts a radically new swept delta wing, replacing the previous laminar flow design for better performance; revised GE Affinity turbofans slung under the wing with the third engine mounted on the upper fuselage; and a sleeker empennage. Founder Robert Blass and chief technology officer and co-founder Richard Tracy first unveiled the initial twinjet Aerion at NBAA 2004 in Las Vegas. Further to partnerships with Airbus in 2014, and Lockheed Martin in 2015, a pivotal partnership with Boeing was unveiled in February 2019. A number of other partners and suppliers have since joined the program. The AS2 design is now 144 ft. 11 In. long, (compared to almost 180 ft. in earlier iterations) with a gross weight of 139,000lb and a 79-ftspan wing. The aircraft will carry up to 70,000 lb of 100% alternative jet fuel and a payload of 8,000lb. An aircraft-level preliminary design review is scheduled in October. Relocation to Florida’s Space Coast The AS2 will be manufactured at the company’s new global headquarters in Florida. Dubbed Aerion Park the new 0 million campus at Melbourne International Airport (MLB) will benefit from the highly qualified manpower on the Space Coast, bringing at least 675 jobs to the area. Embraer Executive Jets based its service center, customer delivery facilities, paint bays and Phenom light jet assembly line there, in 2008. Aerion Supersonic will break ground of the more than 60-acre site and integrated campus for research, design, build and maintenance of its AS2 SSBJ later this year, with manufacturing set to begin in 2023. More about Aerion

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