Allows Longer-Range Flights Over Oceans, Desert
Aero-News received word Thursday the 114-passenger Embraer 190
twin jet has received its first ETOPS approval from the FAA. The
aircraft obtained the same rating from ANAC (Agência Nacional
da Aviação Civil), the Brazilian aviation authority,
two weeks ago.
This approval enables the EMB-190 to fly routes that have a
diversion airport up to 75 minutes from the flight path.
ETOPS (Extended-range Twin-engine Operations) is an acronym for
an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) rule. In 1953,
the FAA introduced the "60-minute rule" for two-engine aircraft,
establishing that the flight paths of these planes could not be
farther than 60 minutes' flying time from an adequate airport with
one engine inoperative. With the advent of jet aircraft, the rule
has been extended to 75, 120, 180 minutes, and beyond, supported by
the greater reliability of jets over propeller-driven aircraft.
The 75-minute ETOPS rating allows the Embraer 190 to fly
long-distance routes over water or desert. It broadens the
operations which can be performed, especially in regions like
Southeast Asia or Australia. Embraer is also working on the
120-minute ETOPS approval, which should be available for customers
in the beginning of 2008.
"We are particularly proud of this certification, because it
demonstrates the wide capability envelope of the E-Jets to operate
in different environments," said Antonio Campello, Embraer’s
Vice-President, Programs – Airline Market. "The E-Jets have
been ordered by airlines on six continents, and are being operated
under both the severe winter conditions of Canada and Finland and
the high temperatures of Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Soon, they will
also be operating under the stringent rules of the 120-minute ETOPS
The EMB-190 is one member of a family of four E-Jets, a new
generation of aircraft optimized for the 70 to 120-seat capacity
segment. As of March 31, 2007, Embraer had firm orders for 630
E-Jets, with an additional 558 options, totaling 1,188 orders from
32 customers worldwide.