Embraer started construction of a factory in Portugal and is due to open it before the end of 2011. The 161,000-sq-ft facility at Evora will manufacture complex composite airframe structures and components for the Brazilian company’s business aircraft and airliners. A ground-breaking event held in late July was attended by Portugal’s prime minister, José Socrates, and Embraer president and CEO Frederico Fleury Curado.
Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling in June said Brazil is to become his company’s “fourth domestic country,” after France, Germany and Spain. Pointing out the country wants to build its helicopter industry into a major player–like Embraer in regional jets–he said Helibras, a 70-percent-owned local subsidiary, will expand. Over the coming years, it will double in size and staff (workforce currently stands at 300).
Hawker Beechcraft King Air B350, Porto Segura, Brazil, May 23, 2009–Operated by Metered Holdings, the turboprop twin crashed approximately 200 yards short of Runway 15 at private Terravista airport (SBTV) at the end of a flight from Congonhas-São Paulo International Airport. The pilot and all 13 passengers were killed and the aircraft sustained substantial damage.
The annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (Labace) is scheduled to open August 13 and run for three days at Congonhas Airport in downtown São Paulo, Brazil. According to organizers, approximately 80 percent of the more than 100 exhibitors already signed up are U.S.
Brazilian airplane manufacturer Embraer plans to appeal a local labor court’s decision that set March 13 as the official date for the start of the company’s layoffs, a company spokesperson told AIN today. Embraer also said it will appeal the court’s use of the word “abusive” in its characterization of the company’s actions.
Embraer will remove an entire layer of its management structure as part of a plan to lay off 20 percent of its 21,362-strong workforce, the company announced on February 19. In a prepared statement, Embraer said it would concentrate the cuts in production and administration areas, while it keeps the “significant majority” of the engineering workforce to continue new product and technology development.
Brazilian OEM Embraer has signed a contract with the Brazilian government to supply two E190 airliners for government transport. The two twinjets will be configured with a secure communication system, head-of-state executive chambers and a total seating capacity for 40. Auxiliary fuel tanks will give the aircraft non-stop range from the Brazilian capital, Brasilia, to any destination in South America.
Lider Aviação, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is investing $7 million in a new hangar at the Jacarepaguá Airport in Rio de Janeiro. The 45,000-square-foot facility is slated to be completed later this year and will house a factory-approved Bell and Helibrás/Eurocopter service center.
Former Embraer president and CEO Mauricio Botelho was honored at the opening general session of the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) in August as the Brazilian Emeritus Aviation Personality. Botelho accepted the award on behalf of the company for which he assumed responsibility in 1995. The year before, Embraer had recorded losses of $330 million on revenues of just $250 million.
If your FBO has a runway on one side and a major highway on the other, and you can’t buy or lease the space on either side, what do you do to expand your hangar accommodations? Aroldo Cardoso, president of Premier Aéreo, adjacent to Runway 17 at São Paulo’s Congonhas Airport, picked the only other direction–down. By early next year, Premier Aéreo will have completed work on a new 161,400-sq-ft hangar under the existing FBO facility.