The Embraer ERJ 145 jet is the largest of the Embraer ERJ 145 family. It is a 50-passenger plane designed by the Brazilian aerospace firm, Embraer, for use as a regional aircraft.
The ERJ 145 is powered by two Rolls Royce AE 3007 series turbofan engines mounted on the rear fuselage. These engines are controlled by two Full Authority Digital Engine Controls, or FADECs. This plane has swept wings with no winglets and a T-tail configuration. In the interior, it has three abreast seating of two plus one per row. In the cockpit is the Honeywell Primus 1000 Avionics suite, which has five CRT display units and is used for navigation and flying.
The jets in the ERJ 145 suite are built to reach three flying distances. The initially-released plane, ERJ 145ER, is the extended-range version. It can carry a full load of passengers for 1,795 miles. The long-range jet, ERJ 145LR, can travel up to 1,887 miles. The extra long-range jet, ERJ-145XR, has a range of 2,302 miles.
Embraer offers three variations of the ERJ 145: the 50-passenger ERJ 145, the 44-passenger ERJ 140 and the 37-passenger ERJ 135. Despite the variations, pilots need only one type of rating to fly any of the planes.