Phenom jets now have SMS and email functions


Embraer Phenom executive jets now have SMS and email functions on the flight deck

Embraer Phenoms can now use SMS and email to keep in contact using the
Prodigy flight deck powered by Garmin avionics, these can be used to provide
two way short message service (SMS) and email texting communication on the
Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 executive jets for owners of
both jets who have selected the datalink option.

“This new function brings
a higher level of accessibility to pilots, providing reliable mobile text
communications,” said Maurício Almeida,
Embraer vice president, Programs – Executive
Jets. “A pilot may now send and
receive messages virtually anywhere on Earth, allowing them to, for example,
plan ahead any particular need for the flight.”

The Phenom’s Prodigy flight deck is the first to
allow pilots to send text messages through the aircraft’s avionics system and
to receive them from mobile phones and e-mail servers. The user interface runs
mainly on the “Aux-Text Messaging” page displayed on the Multi-Function Display
(MFD). When a new message comes in, a discreet pop-up gives the pilot the
option of viewing or ignoring it. The system works similarly to a regular
e-mail account: incoming text messages go to the “Inbox” as “Read” or “Unread”,
and outgoing ones are stored under “Sent” and “Unsent” in the “Outbox”. Pilots
can also save time and effort by using predefined texts that are most
frequently used.

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