On May 3, 2005, Transport Canada formally acknowledged the same type rating between the CL-600-2D15, Cl-6002B19, CL-600-2C10 and the CL-600-2D24 (i.e., CRJ100/200, CRJ700. CRJ900, and CRJ705) variants of the CRJ. The latest operational evaluation determined that the earlier training, checking and currency requirements are unchanged and those between the CRJ900 and CRJ705 are A/A/A, in other words, only a handout is required for training.
The FAA and EASA are in accord with the Transport Canada findings, however, their results will only be published towards the end of June.
Same type rating allows pilots to fly all variants of the CRJ with minimal training. The operational evaluation/flight standards board activities determine the training/checking and currency requirements for an aircraft variant in comparison to the base aircraft. In the case of the CRJ705 no formal training program is required for a CRJ900 pilot to fly the CRJ705; only a handout describing the differences between the two variants. A three day differences course is sufficient for a CRJ200 pilot to become qualified on the CRJ900 or 705.
The benefits of same type rating for an operator flying a mixed fleet are obvious in terms of reducing training and operating costs by having pilots qualified to fly multiple variants.
The CRJ705/900 is the third successful CRJ Operational Evaluation/Flight Standards Board managed by the Montreal-based Aircraft Services Instructional Systems Department.