Embraer announced that the EMBRAER170, 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 selfinstruction, 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.