São José dos Campos, December 1, 2005 – Embraer announced today that the EMBRAER 170, EMBRAER 175 and EMBRAER 190 airliners have been granted a common type rating after a joint evaluation by the aeronautical authorities of Brazil, the United States, Canada and Europe.
The common type rating allows Embraer aircraft operators to significantly reduce pilot training and crew qualification costs. For flight crewmembers transitioning from one model to the other, familiarization with the new aircraft variant can be achieved through self-instruction, requiring no computer-based courses, ground school or additional use of flight simulators.
The evaluation, which concluded that the aircraft are functionally equivalent variants, was carried out through an Operational Evaluation Board (OEB) process involving the four certification authorities, the first time this has been done. The evaluation consisted of a thorough comparison of the three models of the EMBRAER 170/190 family in terms of handling, systems and procedures. The OEB will soon start evaluation of the EMBRAER 195, thus completing assessment of the whole family.
“This is an extremely important achievement for the E-Jets program. It was part of the fundamental concepts since the early stages of the design of this family of aircraft and it will allow our customers to dramatically improve operational efficiency and flexibility, without incurring additional costs,” said Frederico Fleury Curado, Embraer Executive Vice-President, Airline Market.
The EMBRAER 170 has type certification in Brazil, the U.S., Canada and Europe; the EMBRAER 175 has type certification in Brazil, Europe and Canada; and the EMBRAER 190 is certified in Brazil and the U.S.. Embraer shortly expects to receive the EMBRAER 175 type certificate in the U.S. and the EMBRAER 190 type certificate in Canada and Europe.
Air Canada will be the first carrier to take advantage of the E-Jets’ commonality by operating a mixed fleet of EMBRAER 175s and EMBRAER 190s starting in the near future. LOT Polish Airlines will also enjoy similar benefits with a fleet of EMBRAER 170s and the soon-to-be-delivered EMBRAER 175s.