Embraer Executive Jets named Jay Beever as vice president for interior design at its Melbourne, Fla. facility. Beever has extensive experience in high-end luxury interior work in the business aviation and automotive industries. Previously, he worked as an interior design manager for the G650, G450 and G550 in the new-product development department at Gulfstream. He was also responsible for overseeing the design and construction of a new design studio for the company. Before that he developed several design enhancements for automobiles at Ford.
With the annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition, set to run August 15-17 in São Paulo, Brazil, as its platform, the fourth annual Business Aviation in Latin America (BALA) Summit is scheduled for August 16.
Embraer delivered 55 jets in the second quarter, composed of 35 airliners and 20 executive jets. Of the business jets, Embraer shipped 17 light jets and three large jets. Total deliveries for the first six months reached 89 aircraft–56 commercial and 33 executive jets–13 more than for the same period last year.
Embraer has developed a plan to support its operators during the London Olympic Games, scheduled for July 27 to August 12. It is coordinating the effort with London Stansted-based Inflite The Jet Centre, a member of Embraer’s authorized service center network. The Inflite FBO offers customer lounges, concierge, handling and parking services, as well as advice on the special flight operations and restrictions surrounding the games.
Constant Aviation has opened a new landing-gear repair and overhaul facility at its Birmingham, Ala. location. The facility will begin servicing Beechjet 400A/XP landing gear and expand to include the Embraer Legacy 600 and Hawker 800A/XP in the coming months.
A new $11.5 million, 45,000-sq-ft. aircraft paint shop has entered service at Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln, Neb., facility. It can support aircraft as large as the Gulfstream G650, Bombardier Global Express, Dassault Falcon 7X and Embraer Legacy. The new facility follows on the heels of last year’s implementation of a chrome-free paint process.
Embraer and Boeing signed an agreement here yesterday to collaborate on the integration of new weapons on the A-29 Super Tucano single-engine turboprop trainer.
Embraer Executive Jets unveiled its expanded design suite at its Melbourne, Fla.-based customer center on Thursday, offering a “best in class” experience for customers designing interiors of their Phenom, Legacy and Lineage business jets. The company’s customer center is designed to facilitate customer sales, design and delivery, all in a single building. The design centers were developed by The Highland Group and designed by Julie Mandrell, owner of Viaggio Lux, which specializes in luxury design of aircraft and yachts.
In late June, Boeing and Embraer announced an extension of their April collaboration agreement to cover the KC-390 program. The pair will jointly assess the medium-lift military transport market. Boeing may help sell the KC-390 to “potential customers that had not been considered [as] initial market prospects,” the companies said.
Embraer will soon freeze the design of its first purpose-built military transport, the KC-390, for tactical missions. Although the first flight is planned for 2014, some details remain sketchy. But at least the program seems well funded, with the Brazilian government providing most of the $2.2 billion needed for development.