[29 Nov 2020]
Embraer has issued a Service Bulletin
that allows ERJ 145 operators to install high-efficiency
particulate air (HEPA) filters.
The kits for the first 70 aircraft are already
being assembled and should be delivered by mid-December.
“At Embraer, we are always focused on our
customer, on how to better support them and how to further improve
our products,” said Johann Bordais, President and CEO of Embraer
Services & Support. “Given the moment we are living,
developing a HEPA filter service bulletin for the ERJ 145 is a
must-have solution Embraer developed for making cabin conditions
even safer for passengers.”
It took about five and a half months to develop
the solution. During that time, Embraer selected the filter and
worked through the necessary steps to create the service bulletin,
manufacturing and purchasing several of the required parts to
develop the kits.
Embraer has also confirmed that it is expecting to complete
the same initiative for the ERJ 135 and ERJ 140 “very soon”.
In most aircraft, the air in the cabin is
completely refreshed between 20 and 30 times per hour, which is
significantly more often than in an office environment and even
five to six times more often than in a hospital environment.
filters, which are standard on all versions of the Embraer E-Jets
and E-Jets E2 families of commercial aircraft, are extremely
efficient, capturing 99.97% of airborne particles and other
biological contaminants, such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
The technology is also available on Embraer
Executive Jets, with the HEPA filter now standard on both the
Praetor 500 and Praetor 600.
Earlier this year, Embraer approved the use of
MicroShield360, a preventive coating system that, when applied to
aircraft cabin surfaces, continuously inhibits the growth of
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