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Civilian Embraer Phenom

Brazilian manufacturer Embraer's Phenom 100 very light jet first flew in July 2007, and has been produced to the tune of more than 350 examples, mostly for the corporate market. It will now enter RAF service as a crew trainer for multi-engined aircraft under the Military Flying Training System (MFTS) programme, replacing the Beech King Air B200 twin-turboprop. Five Phenoms are being provided by Affinity Flying Training Services under a contract to the Ministry of Defence. Two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT617 turbofans, power the aircraft, developing 3,390lb of thrust. Aboard the Phenom - which accommodates two student pilots, four student rear crew, and an instructor in the fifth rear seat - pilots selected for multi-engine training will learn about the complexities of flying with a second engine, operating at high altitude, crew resource management, formation flying, emergency procedures, asymmetric flying and airways procedures.

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