Embraer has broken ground on a new, 67,000-sq-ft Embraer Engineering and Technology Center USA on its Melbourne International Airport campus. It is slated to open in mid-2014, and the company expects to invest $26 million in the project over the next five years.
São José dos Campos
Embraer’s composites factory in Évora, Portugal, has completed its first shipset–a mostly composite empennage for the Legacy 500 midsize twinjet. The component has been shipped to the company’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil, Embraer announced today.
Under a bright, azure sky, the ninth annual Latin American Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (LABACE) opened this morning in São Paulo, Brazil, to the sound of business aviation hard at work in a region of the world where the industry sees a long-term bright future.
Embraer Executive Jets (Stand 7041) is gradually moving its “center of gravity” from São Jose dos Campos, Brazil, to Melbourne, Florida, where it is building a new research and development center to join its existing facilities at Melbourne International Airport.
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.
With more than 100 of its executive jets operating in Brazil, Embraer has signed an agreement with the State of São Paulo that will see a modern service center established at Bertram Luiz Leupolz Airport in Sorocaba, approximately 55 miles from São Paulo. With an estimated investment of $25 million during the first five years of the project, the facility will generate up to 250 direct jobs.
Brazil is moving forward to privatize airport terminals to handle the anticipated 25-percent annual growth in commercial aviation, as well as traffic increases expected for the 2014 soccer World Cup and 2016 Olympics.As it gathers bids for these privatization efforts, it is now turning its attention to increasing business aviation capacity, with plans proposed for airports catering to private jets on opposite sides of São Paulo, the largest ci
• 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.
Embraer joined the fuselage of the first Legacy 500 at its São José dos Campos, Brazil plant last month. The midsize jet’s fuselage is built in three sections–cockpit, center fuselage and aft fuselage–and is constructed of aluminum alloy, with “substantial” composite materials content, the company said.