Embraer began designing the Phenom 300 after finding that potential customers of the Phenom 100 would also like a bigger aircraft. It was a new design with the aim of allowing operation to smaller airports such as London City and Telluride Regional Airport.
It first flew on 29 April 2008, and received its type certification on 3 December 2009. On 29 December 2009 Embraer delivered the first Phenom 300 to Executive Flight Services at the company's headquarters at São José dos Campos, Brazil.
The Phenom 300 is a twin-engined cantilever monoplane with a low-positioned, swept wings. It has a horizontal stabiliser in a T-tail configuration and a retractable tricycle landing gear. It has two rear-pylon-mounted Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535E turbofan engines. The enclosed cabin has room for nine passengers and a two-pilot crew; during single-pilot operation an additional passenger can be carried. Access to the cockpit and cabin is via an airstair on the left-hand side.
Its structural life is 28,000 flight cycles or 35,000 hours. It is built of 18% composite materials; it has winglets, but not thrust reversers. The Phenom 300 has single-point refueling and an externally serviced private rear lavatory.
All Phenom assembly will be shifted to the Melbourne, Florida line from July 2016. The facility will be able to assemble up to 96 Phenoms and 72 Embraer Legacy 450/Embraer Legacy 500 annually. More than 170 Phenom jets have been produced at the site up to June 2016, mainly for the US market.
In March 2019, Embraer delivered the 500th Phenom 300, claiming more than half of the light jet market share since 2012. It is operated in over 30 countries, and carried 2.5 million passengers in 600,000 flights and 800,000 hours.
Data from Embraer Phenom 300 brochure 
- Crew: 1 or 2 pilots
- Capacity: 6 passengers (standard configuration) + 1 in cockpit; maximum of 10 incl. 1 in cockpit and 1 on belted toilet)
- Length: 15.9 m (52 ft 2 in)
- Wingspan: 16.2 m (53 ft 2 in)
- Height: 5 m (16 ft 5 in)
- Max takeoff weight: 8,150 kg (17,968 lb)
- Fuel capacity: 2,428kg
- Cabin altitude: 6,000 ft at 41,000 ft
- Cabin height: 1.5 m (4.9 ft)
- Cabin width: 1.55 m (5.1 ft)
- Cabin length: 5.23 m
- Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535E turbofans, 14.95 kN (3,360 lbf) thrust each
- Range: 3,650 km (2,270 mi, 1,970 nmi) with IFR reserves, 6 occupants
- Service ceiling: 13,716 m (45,000 ft)
- Wing loading: 286 kg/m2 (59 lb/sq ft)
- Fuel burn: 346 kg/h at 364 kt, 456 kg/h at 431 kt (at FL410)
- Take-off: 956 m (3,138 ft) MTOW, SL, ISA
- Landing: 677 m (2,220 ft) 6 occupants at 200 lb each, NBAA IFR reserves, SL, ISA
Accidents and incidents
- On 6 August 2012, Dalia Air Flight 211 (CN-MBR) overran the runway on landing at Altenrhein Airport; all three on board survived, but the aircraft was substantially damaged and was written off.
- On September 19, 2014, at about 8:47am, N322QS, impacted a ditch after the airplane departed the end of the runway while landing at Lone Star Executive Airport (CXO) in Conroe, Texas. There were no injuries but the airplane was substantially damaged. The flight was a repositioning flight operated by NetJets Inc. The first officer's use of the emergency brake system during landing was found to be the cause by the NTSB.
- On 31 July 2015, an Embraer Phenom 300 crashed into a car auction site while trying to land at Blackbushe Airport, UK. The cause of the accident was found to be pilot error. All 4 persons on board the Saudi-registered private jet died in the crash and subsequent fire.
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