Embraer 170 Wins Autoland OKs
The 70-seat Embraer 170 regional jet has received certification from Brazilian aviation authority Centro Tecnico Aeroespacial and from the European Aviation Safety Agency to perform Category IIIa (CAT IIIa autolanding) operations. CAT IIIa autolanding requires an autopilot system to safely land the airplane at low visibility (600 ft or 200 meters runway visual range) and in adverse weather conditions. The autolanding function also won approval for CAT I and CAT II operational conditions, contributing to the reduction of pilot workload. Embraer said it expects the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to issue its certification shortly.