Embraer conducted a ceremonial rollout of the prototype KC-390 airlifter at Gaviao Peixoto in Brazil on October 21. The company said that more than 30 countries were represented at the event, and that guests included Brazilian defense minister Celso Amorim and air force commander Bg Gen Juniti Saito. First flight is planned by year-end, with deliveries starting two years later. A second prototype is also being built.
Embraer Unidade Gavião Peixoto Airport
Embraer and Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) on September 25 rolled out the first American-assembled A-29 Super Tucano for the U.S. Air Force’s Light Air Support (LAS) program. The single-engine turboprop will be used to provide light air support, reconnaissance and training capabilities to the Afghanistan military.
In the five years since opening its customer Contact Center, Embraer Executive Jets has seen its worldwide fleet grow to a size five times as large as it was back then in 2009. So at a press conference here in São Paulo yesterday, the manufacturer announced it has opened new facilities and expanded the Contact Center to accommodate the growth in customer care needs.
Embraer plans to expand its current facilities at Melbourne International Airport, Fla., with the addition of a new assembly line for the Legacy 500/450. If approved by the appropriate authorities, construction of the new facility will begin next year.
The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer has an assembly plant and paint facility for the Phenom 100 and 300 at the airport, as well as its customer center for executive aircraft.
The company is also constructing a new engineering and technology center, which will become part of Embraer’s Melbourne campus next year.
Embraer Executive Jets (Booth 7041) continues to expand at its headquarters in Melbourne, Florida. The business jet division of the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer has been assembling and delivering Phenoms since 2011 at the southeast U.S. complex and its customer center there has been open for about a year and a half. In addition, it is building a new engineering center, and there is ample room for further growth.
Embraer broke ground for a 67,000-sq-ft engineering and technology center in Melbourne, Fla., yesterday, marking further expansion of the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer’s footprint at this U.S. location. The new building, which is expected to open in mid-2014 and house 200 employees by 2017, will join Embraer’s Phenom assembly facility and executive jet customer service center at the Florida campus.
Embraer Executive Jets is expanding its Melbourne, Fla. campus. Already home to a Phenom 100 and 300 assembly plant and a state-of-the-art customer center, Embraer has begun construction on a 67,000-sq-ft engineering and technology center announced earlier this year.
According to Melbourne (Fla.) Airport officials, Embraer (Booth No. 5073) is planning a December groundbreaking ceremony for its new $50 million, 149,500-sq-ft Phenom 100/300 final assembly and completions facility in Melbourne. It is scheduled to be operational in 2010 and will complement Embraer’s Phenom final assembly and completions complex in Gavião Peixoto, Brazil.
Embraer recently completed the production plant in Gavião Peixoto near São Paulo, Brazil, for its Phenom 100 and 300 jets. The final assembly plant is expected to build between 120 and 150 jets annually starting next year. Meanwhile, the third flying Phenom 100 joined the flight-test fleet in late December, and Embraer expects to receive Brazilian certification for the very light jet within six months.
Embraer has begun construction of its second Phenom 100 airframe and is on schedule for planned first flight in the middle of this year and entry-into-service in the middle of next year. The first all-metal Phenom 100 VLJs will be assembled at Embraer’s main plant in São José dos Campos, Brazil.