Embraer will establish an Engineering and Technology Center in its aeronautical cluster in Melbourne, Fla., to conduct R&D activities for both product and technology development. Initially it will focus on executive jet interiors and will include a materials and interiors laboratory. Embraer plans to partner with educational institutions to develop programs of mutual benefit. It is the second research and development center established outside its headquarters complex at São José dos Campos, Brazil.
Maurício Botelho, the president and CEO of Embraer from 1995 to 2007, resigned as chairman of the board at the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer “for personal reasons” on Friday. Botelho successfully led the company’s restructuring, growth and globalization, turning a money-losing operation into a profitable one. He also oversaw the company’s foray into building a successful line of business jets.
A five-year contract between Eurocopter’s Helibras subsidiary and the Brazilian armed forces details support for the force’s new fleet of 50 EC725 helicopters. Helibras will supply and manage all spare parts and stocks and provide related technical support, including inspection, overhaul and deployment of teams to provide on-site services for the Brazilian armed forces’ EC725s. It is the first agreement involving all three branches of the military and is valued at approximately $79.3 million.
BR Aviation, Brazilian fuel provider Petrobras’s aviation fuels division, plans to increase its FBOs at Brazilian airports from the current 10 BR Aviation Centers to 22 by 2015.
Hawker Beechcraft received Brazilian certification for its Hawker 4000 business jet.
They’ll be cracking open the caipirinha bottle in São Jose dos Campos, Brazil, this week as Embraer celebrates a sale of 13 Legacy 650 jets to China’s Minsheng Financial Leasing. First delivery is slated for the end of this year, with the remainder due into China over the next five years. The companies announced the orders today at NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas.
• Bombardier Aerospace announced it will open its first regional support office in Latin America by year-end. The full-scale RSO will be located in São Paulo, alongside the Canadian OEM’s already established parts depot and authorized service facility, OceanAir Taxi Aéreo. “To compete globally you have to be prepared to commit and deliver locally,” said v-p of customer services and support Andy Nureddin.
The eighth annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition opened August 11 in São Paulo and exceeded its organizer’s expectations, but it closed with uncertainly as to the location of next year’s show.
The hangar at Congonhas Airport in São Paulo, Brazil, that held Labace two weeks ago echoed to a claw-equipped backhoe chewing into the wing of a defunct Boeing 737 on Tuesday.
Aftermarket parts supplier CRS Jet Spares has entered into an agreement with Brazilian repair and overhaul company Aeross. “This partnership allows us an opportunity to provide local support within Brazil, which boasts the second largest business aviation market in the world,” said CRS CEO Armando Leighton, Jr.