Project Phoenix cheered the first flight of its
high specification Phoenix CRJ No 1 (Serial No 7211) on 12th June
The aircraft took to the air for 1 hour 10
minutes from completion centre Flying Colours’ facility at
Captain Larry Ross (test pilot) reported a
faultless flight saying, “The aircraft handled and performed
perfectly with all systems and avionics operational. Our flight
engineer reported an extremely quiet cabin.”
The aircraft’s elegant, new 15 seat luxury
interior includes a state-of-the-art cabin management systems and
IFE, with Airshow 4000, ipod stations and full internet and SatCom
The aircraft with its clean and stylish
interior has been well received by both owner Ritz Pacific and Jet
Asia (which will fly the aircraft on its AOC).
Especially pleasing is the aircraft’s operating
weight. The Phoenix CRJ will have a payload of more than 1,200lbs
with full fuel including the long range auxiliary tank – which
equates to six passengers.
“This is extremely gratifying news and
pretty much what we predicted. Well done to Flying Colours for
their weight reduction program.” said Project Phoenix President
and CEO Mike Cappuccitti.
Phoenix CRJ No 1 has been fitted with Flying
Colours own long range fuel tanks, providing a maximum range in
excess of 3,000 nm and giving US coast-to-coast capability.
Project Phoenix worked with Skyservice at Toronto Pearson Airport
on an extensive maintenance program and with Flying Colours of
Peterborough for the interior and completions process.
The aircraft will shortly enter service
with Jet Asia in Macau.
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