• Review: Embraer Phenom 100 From FeelThere

    Embraer Phenom 100

    Publisher: FeelThere

    Review Author:
    Bill Stack

    Suggested Price:
    $34.99

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    Embraer Phenom 100 by FeelThere
    Image by FeelThere

    Tthe Embraer Phenom 100 is a small, light-weight business jet designed and built by this world-renowned Brazilian aerospace corporation. Standard cabin configuration enables seating for four passengers and one pilot. It is rated for up to six passengers with the seating rearranged. With its first flight in July 2007, and its first delivery to private customers in December 2008, it is among the most modern light jet aircraft offered to civil and military aviation. As of this writing, it is flown by the Pakistani Air Force, the Finish Aviation Academy, and Purdue University.

    The aircraft in Microsoft Flight Simulator® that most closely resembles the Phenom 100 is the Learjet 45 by Bombardier. The Phenom weights about half as much, (10,472 pounds versus 20,450 LBS), is 16 percent slower (390 knots versus 464 knots), and has slightly more than half the range (1,178 nautical miles versus 2,200 NM).

    Aircraft Specifications
    Specification Phenom 100 Learjet 45
    Occupants 1 pilot
    4 to 6 passengers
    2 pilots
    9 passengers
    Maximum Take-off Weight 10,472 LBS
    4,750 KG
    20,450 LBS
    9,276 KG
    Empty Weight 7,132 LBS
    3,235 KG
    11,700 LBS
    5,307 KG
    Useful Load 3,340 LBS
    1,515 KG
    8,750 LBS
    3,969 KG
    Fuel Capacity 2,804 LBS
    1,272 KG
    6,062 LBS
    2,750 KG
    Maximum Speed 390 KTS
    449 MPH
    722 KPH
    464 KTS
    534 MPH
    859 KPH
    Ceiling 41,000 FT
    12,505 M
    51,000 FT
    15,555 M
    Range 1,178 NM
    2,182 KM
    2,200 NM
    4,074 KM
    Length 42 FT
    13 M
    58 FT
    18 M
    Power 2 x 1,695 LBF 2 x 3,500 LBF
    Sources: FSX, FeelThere, Wikipedia, Class G
    Note: The maximum take-off weight in FeelThere's manual is 10,472 LBS, but it is 10,772 LBS (4,886 KG) in the MSFS Fuel/Payload menu.

    FeelThere's Phenom 100

    FeelThere offers these and other features of the Embraer Phenom 100:

    • Realistic flight dynamics based on manufacturer's specifications
    • Truly immersive sound experience powered by Turbine Sound Studios
    • Three liveries
    • Enhanced ground proximity warning system
    • Fully simulated ice detection

    The Phenom 100 by FeelThere is offered for Microsoft Flight Simulator® FS2004 and FSX. I reviewed the FSX version.


    25 Comments
    1. wrongdna's Avatar
      wrongdna -
      " The aircraft always loads cold and dark (nothing running)."
      Do both of us fly the same aircraft? There is a configuration utility installing with this Phenom - you can set the startup state to "engines are running" if you want. Or "ready to start the engines".

      "Specified stopping distance is 2,673 feet (815 meters) at sea level..."
      What weight do you mean now? I had landed at 4R9 RW12 at about 150 feet off threshold having 2 pax but no fuel onboard. RW12 has 3000 feet. And I had a planty of runway to overrun it.
      Actually, I had a successful take-off there (no pax, 300 lbs of fuel). And, I think, the take-off run was a little bit too short. Anyway - I had never flown the Phenom100, so I am not sure about it's take-off performance.

      Resuming: The aircraft is not bad. I'd said - It's good modelled. It has physics implemented and soul in it.But, I think, your "testing" took just about 15 minutes. What is you made it for?

      *Sorry for English, best wishes from Ukraine*
      *MSFS2004*
    1. petedob's Avatar
      petedob -
      There is at least one issue purchasers of the Phenom have reported that the developers at FeelThere have not resolved: the rotating beacon remains on when the aircraft is not powered. I've experienced this issue and can't remedy it. The Phenom from FeelThere also does not come with a paint kit, so repaints are limited.

      Aside from those issues I think the FeelThere Phenom is pretty good quality, I've enjoyed flying it.
    1. taentheboss's Avatar
      taentheboss -
      Quote Originally Posted by wrongdna View Post

      "Specified stopping distance is 2,673 feet (815 meters) at sea level..."

      *MSFS2004*
      He means the runway length needed for full stop of the aircraft on runway during landing
    1. jgmustang's Avatar
      jgmustang -
      The one problem I have had with this aircraft is that I cannot get the engines started for the life of me. I've read the manual, and I still have an issue. Engine 1 always starts fine it seems, but engine 2 starts up and shuts down. I have ruled out a problem with It's Your Plane. Plenty of people can fly this aircraft fine using that program in FSX.
      Jordan
    1. bravohotelone's Avatar
      bravohotelone -
      This plane is a piece of crap. If you haven't purchased it yet, do yourself a favour and don't. I don't think I have ever been so disappointed in a model.
    1. ajpongress's Avatar
      ajpongress -
      Quote Originally Posted by bravohotelone View Post
      This plane is a piece of crap. If you haven't purchased it yet, do yourself a favour and don't. I don't think I have ever been so disappointed in a model.
      Can you elaborate on what exactly is crap about it?
    1. dmncnpilot's Avatar
      dmncnpilot -
      It's feelthere, what other reason do you need?
    1. wdscobie's Avatar
      wdscobie -
      Quote Originally Posted by dmncnpilot View Post
      It's feelthere, what other reason do you need?
      nothing like thoughtful and helpful feedback ...
    1. dmncnpilot's Avatar
      dmncnpilot -
      Quote Originally Posted by wdscobie View Post
      nothing like thoughtful and helpful feedback ...
      It's just that feelthere, imho, releases subpar add-ons. I honestly believe that most, if not all, of wilco/feelthere products are below standard for a payware add-on. Compare a feelthere/wilco to lets say a qualitywings, Aerosoft or flight1 product. It just doesn't come close. The airplanes don't look as realistic, they don't handle right, and it seems like they release in a rush and don't take customer feedback. Basically unfinished products.

      Is that thoughtful and helpful enough?
    1. flibinite's Avatar
      flibinite -
      I have had a better experience with the Feelthere Embraer 175/195 and, to a lesser extent, their 135/145. Mid-range systems, fun to hand fly but with a full FMS updateable via Navigraph
    1. wdscobie's Avatar
      wdscobie -
      the Phenom was never marketed as being at the simulation/fidelity level of the Ejets, ERJs nor the old 737. the Phenom is a 'lite' product and for 'kick the tires and light the fires' flight. this is even outlined in the first pages of the Phenom's manual.

      Phenom's autopilot is almost like the real plane's, not FS default. the 'FMC' is just a shell over the FS GPS - no more function than you get using FS's GPS.


      --
    1. dmncnpilot's Avatar
      dmncnpilot -
      Yes, you are correct. The 145 was and still is a beauty.
    1. olli4740's Avatar
      olli4740 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dmncnpilot View Post
      It's just that feelthere, imho, releases subpar add-ons. I honestly believe that most, if not all, of wilco/feelthere products are below standard for a payware add-on. Compare a feelthere/wilco to lets say a qualitywings, Aerosoft or flight1 product. It just doesn't come close. The airplanes don't look as realistic, they don't handle right, and it seems like they release in a rush and don't take customer feedback. Basically unfinished products.

      Is that thoughtful and helpful enough?

      Feelthere have often developped inferior airplanes when under the 'Wilco Fleet' level of developement trademark. When WilcoPub is absent, Feelthere planes can be pretty good, IMO. Just think of their Embraer 175/195, which are fine developments with a good degree of system depth.

      The Phaenom 100 isn't that deeply modelled, but it's a nice airplane, easy to learn and fun to fly. I did not experience those crashes on re-loading the A/C. And I can easily configure the P100 to load with engines running, for example.

      The minor bug with beacon on, while engines are still off, I can confirm.
      Flaps settings for T/O and LAND are mentioned in the introduction flight and on the reference page including the speed tables.
      Problems concerning the engine start-up: Difficult to sort out from a distance, but: There is a separate subpanel (the electric one, as far as I remember), where you have to turn the engine ignition on before engine start, setting fuel pumps to 'AUTO' is mentioned in the manual, too ...

      This is no 60 Euro/80 Dollar airplane, but it's nice and fun and, IMO, worth the smaller amount of money you have to pay for it. I don't fly it every time, but it's great to fly for a change because it's easy to handle and different from most other jets.
    1. N069NT's Avatar
      N069NT -
      I have had this aircraft for about four months with just over 100 hours and love it as a replacement for my other "easy mood" flyer, Flight1's Pilatus PC-12 I've had through both FS9 and X (over seven years and 1,300 hours total time in that!). I got tired of flying a 260kt turboprop into 80+kt upper level headwinds when going westbound. Anyway, I have not had any issue with this aircraft other than the beacon always on as others state, and I do not like the pilot reflection of "me" in the cockpit in my forward view..it is detracting but one gets used to it (the forum says there is a fix for it by downloading a texture from another aircraft, but I haven't gotten it to work).

      However, two things in this review are not what I experienced: first, I typically load out the aircraft full with 5 pax and baggage, then have to adjust fuel accordingly to within MTOW limits. I have never gotten the aircraft off the ground at 70kts with one notch of flaps. Second, you have to step climb to hit FL410. I usually file (for example) for FL330, and then work in 4,000ft increase increments with ATC requests to get there (FL370, 410), leveling out at each altitude cap, and then gaining max cruise speed before climbing again around 1,000-1,200fpm. No problems at all, and as stated, I am near MTOW on every flight, so it's not the aircraft that's the problem in my experience.

      Finally, not sure where the ambiguity is with wondering what the manual means by setting the "trim" to 65. All in all, this is a great "weekend" hopper for those who aren't in the mood or don't have time to spend a half hour on the ground pre-flighting and programming the FMCs on their complex airliners. Glad I purchased it, and hope they come up with the Phenom 300, which is a true Learjet 45 alternative! As an afterthought, one thing that is sorely missing in FSX and always has been in the FS series, is a payware complex corporate/private jet on par with what we've seen with the likes of 767 PIC, 757 Captain, 737 PIC, etc. Where's that Gulfstream G550?
    1. lauco59's Avatar
      lauco59 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jgmustang View Post
      The one problem I have had with this aircraft is that I cannot get the engines started for the life of me. I've read the manual, and I still have an issue. Engine 1 always starts fine it seems, but engine 2 starts up and shuts down. I have ruled out a problem with It's Your Plane. Plenty of people can fly this aircraft fine using that program in FSX.
      Jordan
      You need to start engine 2 first, wait for stabilized N1, then start engine 1 (with generator 2 "on").
      In fact this reflects the starting sequence of the real plane. I flew in one from Rio de Janeiro to Salvador, in the copilot seat (since its a minimum one pilot plane, I was keeping company to the captain.... and boring him with a lot of questions)
    1. olli4740's Avatar
      olli4740 -
      ... which, by the way, is described in the manual, too.

      No worries, I mis-operate all my planes now and then ...
    1. jessdelta's Avatar
      jessdelta -
      Quote Originally Posted by bravohotelone View Post
      This plane is a piece of crap. If you haven't purchased it yet, do yourself a favour and don't. I don't think I have ever been so disappointed in a model.
      i agree
    1. homeey89's Avatar
      homeey89 -
      Personally, I love the Phenom. It handles great and has minor issues, on top of that the modelling is just about spot on (I work with Phenoms on a daily basis).

      As for feelthere/wilco... I honestly agree with the above.
    1. pvaldez's Avatar
      pvaldez -
      I have this plane. It had been working good, but now I found a problem. In the virtual cockpit there is missing the swap Nav1 button. I have to change to the 2d window to get acces to the Nav1 Button at the left of the panel. All this when I fly with Fs9. I doesn't hapen this onf FSX. But, on FSX I can not change ADF frequency... I have asked for support, but never received an answer. Very bad treating this way a client
    1. adamsapple's Avatar
      adamsapple -
      Quote Originally Posted by jgmustang View Post
      The one problem I have had with this aircraft is that I cannot get the engines started for the life of me. I've read the manual, and I still have an issue. Engine 1 always starts fine it seems, but engine 2 starts up and shuts down. I have ruled out a problem with It's Your Plane. Plenty of people can fly this aircraft fine using that program in FSX.
      Jordan
      Make sure that before you start the engines that you hit cntrl+shift+F4 (mixture control in the default Cessna). Hope this helps.

      Gary
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