Not shying away from private jet sales

May 11, 2009
Go ahead and show those thrifty, moral pillars known as U.S. congressmen what you think of their outrage over auto executives' showing up in Washington, D.C., via corporate jets to beg for billions of bucks earlier this year.

Eagle Creek Aviation Services CEO Matt Hagans has taken delivery of the first of 17 Phenom 100 business jets from Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer.

Hagans' company operates out of Eagle Creek Airport and also has a fixed-based operation—Naples Jet Center—at Naples Municipal Airport in Florida.

His first client for the Phenom 100 was an aviation consultant in Naples.

The small jet, which carries four passengers, can be had for around $3 million and can cruise in big-jet territory at 41,000 feet.

"Nothing matches the Phenom in terms of size, performance and economics. It clearly will be the market leader in this segment," said Hagans, who has accumulated 120 hours in Phenom jets.

Eagle Creek is an Embraer dealer and service center, and also services other aircraft. It provides executive charter and aircraft management through its First Wing division.

Embraer rolled out the entry-level jet in 2005. It's not clear how many congressmen have flown on them since then. 
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