Report From Flight Level 390
I picked up a contract gig in a Phenom 100 and the mission was to fly from Portland Oregon to Alexandria Minnesota. This flight can be a stretch for the Phenom 100 but we got some good tailwinds and were able to make it in under 3 hours. I can hardly express how much I enjoy flying this airplane. You can tell from the moment you step aboard that it was designed with single pilot operations in mind. The weather across the country was not stormy bad but it was cloudy bad. We spent the better part of 2 hours in the clouds at 39,000 feet and then when we arrived into Alexandria Minnesota the ceilings were down to 300 feet. Part of what makes the Phenom 100 such an incredible machine is that the automation is so precise. If you program the system correctly it is going to fly exactly what you asked it to do, this leaves you free to think ahead of the flight and plan the automation for the next phase. I’m a Southern California pilot and I just don’t see that many days where the ceilings are down near minimums, yet I was comfortable in making an approach to minimums because the Phenom does so much of the work for you. Another beautiful day chasing aviation as a career, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.