Who doesn’t dream of flying a high class business jet as a passenger or (better) as a pilot? It will take you around $9.000.000,- to fly the Phenom, but with the Carenado Embraer 505 Phenom 300 you can become that business jet pilot yourself for $39,95.
The Phenom is a relatively young aircraft and first flew in 2009. More than 250 Phenom’s are cruising the skies and with a production of over 60 Phenom’s a year this is the best-selling business jet in 2013 en 2014. With a range of 1,971 nm and capable of carrying 6 to 10 passengers this jet gets you and your CEO anywhere you like.
By the time I got the Phenom to write a review the Navigraph EMB505 Phenom 300 extension pack was available. I bought the extension pack as well to make this review as complete as possible.
Installing the Phenom is easy and will add 690 Mb to your FSX or P3D and the Navigraph extension pack is also an easy install. The installation gives you a set of PDF files for normal procedures, emergency procedures, reference and performance tables. With the expansion package comes a full G1000 manual.
One thing I don’t like about Carenado aircraft is that they don’t give you a manual. It’s just a collection of PDF files but no overview of the cockpit and the available functions. A basic manual that gives some explanation of the aircraft systems would be great to have. The documents that are provided however will give you the possibility to fly this bird “by the book”.
This airplane is a beauty to look at and the best place to see how beautiful it is, is on the Embraer website. Compared to the pictures available on the Embraer site, Carenado did a great job on replicating this aircraft in the flight simulator. When you are outside the aircraft you see a fast and luxurious bird. The details on the plane are very well modelled and all passenger and baggage doors are animated. In cold and dark you can cover the engines and put blocks in front of the wheels. How you get this function to work you have to find out yourself. These thing should be available in a basic manual.
When you think the outside of this airplane is great you really should take a look inside. Leather seats, movable curtains for the windows and a crisp looking glass cockpit. Sun screens on the cockpit windows can be used and every button, switch and knob functions the way it should. The knobs on the G1000 unit light up when your mouse is over them so you can see what you are doing.
I’m not really a glass cockpit lover, but this G1000 is looking very good and has all the functions you can think of. It shows terrain, has a basic weather radar and warns you for traffic.
Putting a flight plan with departures and arrivals is not that hard to do. Using the autopilot together with the G1000 takes is a bit more difficult. I have to get into that part a bit more before I can use it effective. At least I got the plane to follow the route without studying the G1000 manual.
It flies like rocket
Flying this plane you relay need to keep your hand at the throttle and keep it under control. If you let it go it will take off like a rocket. It’s a fast jet so you need to stay ahead of the airplane. When you spool up your engines and the plane starts rolling you will hear the squeaks and bumps of the undercarriage. I like the sounds on this aircraft. The aircraft is stable during flight, but at slow speeds in a tight turn it tends to dive very easily.
Never had a problem with instruments or systems. Flying this glass cockpit plane set me back 5 to 10 frames per second. On my system I need those 10 fps very much when flying over large cities. Too bad this plane is an aircraft you should use to fly to London or any other large city.
The Carenado EMB505 PHENOM 300 HD SERIES is a very good looking aircraft to add to your simulator. The Navigraph extension is a must have to make full use of the G1000 glass cockpit. The only thing it’s missing is a manual with a basic explanation of the aircraft systems. The glass cockpit influences the framerate a little too much on my system.
Overalll I think you get a very nice aircraft for the price of $39,95. The Navigraph extension pack will set you back another $9,95.
Processor (CPU): Intel Core i7 CPU 3770k @ 3.4 GHz
Memory (RAM): 6 GB
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 650Ti
System type: 64-bit operating system
Operating system: Windows 7 Professional
Primary monitor resolution: 1920×1080