Embraer announced that the European Union has formally approved the company’s proposed $64.7 million manufacturing complex in Évora, Portugal. The company broke ground in July 2009. “This announcement is faithful to Embraer’s practices where all regional development projects have to be formally and properly approved.
Embraer has started the first phase of building a new $48 million, 330,000-sq-ft facility in Évora, Portugal, dedicated to manufacturing complex airframe structures and components in composite materials. Completion of the initial phase is scheduled for the end of next year, while production of structures and components for the Brazilian company’s business aircraft and airliners will start in 2013.
Hawker Beechcraft C99, Évora, Portugal, Aug. 14, 2009–The French-registered turboprop twin was destroyed and the pilot and passenger were killed when it crashed into a building during a go-around. According to investigators, the aircraft was engaged in skydiving operations when it experienced a loss of power in the left engine.