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FLORIDA PLANT A BEGINNING?
Embraer CEO Fred Curado says the
Brazilian company now has a "industrial footprint" in the U.S. and
future expansion will depend on developing new products and markets.
Curado told AVweb in a video interview at the ribbon cutting for its new
Phenom final assembly plant in Melbourne, FL that while there are no
firm plans for expansion, there's room to grow in the U.S. and
particularly in Melbourne. The central Florida town will be hard hit by
cutbacks at NASA and the Embraer plant has been welcomed with open arms
by a community that has a strong aerospace base. More...
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BILLION TANKER CHOICE EXPECTED SOON
The Air Force is expected
to announce the winner of a $35 billion contract to build 179 military
tanker aircraft this Thursday. The two contenders for the contract are
Boeing, with a 767 derivative, and EADS, with a design based on the
Airbus A330. EADS has said if it wins the competition, it will assemble
the airplanes in Mobile, Ala., although many of the parts will be built
in France. Both companies have won previous versions of the contract,
but those decisions were overturned. The new airplanes, to be built over
the next 20 to 30 years, will replace the aging KC-135 and KC-10 fleet,
some of which are 50 years old.
George Behan, spokesman for U.S.
Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), told the Puget Sound Business Journal that as of Tuesday, the
Thursday date was set for the announcement, but it could be pushed back.
"Everything associated with this contract has been changed, slipped and
altered," he said. "[A Thursday announcement] is what we're hearing as
of Tuesday afternoon, but anything could change." As of Tuesday, various
online pundits were speculating that the long-contested contract, which
has been in play for about a decade, might go to either party, or to
neither one. More...
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NO TURNAROUND IN 2010, BUT MAYBE THIS YEAR
Aviation Manufacturers Association released its annual industry report
(PDF) on Tuesday, showing that aircraft deliveries
continued to fall in 2010 despite improvements in the global and U.S.
economies. Deliveries of GA aircraft fell by 11.4 percent overall in
2010 compared to the year before. Piston deliveries were down by 7.7
percent, from 963 units to 889; turboprops declined 17.7 percent, from
441 units to 363; and business jets fell from 870 deliveries in 2009 to
763 last year, a drop of 12.3 percent. John Rosanvallon, CEO of Dassault
Falcon Jet and chairman of GAMA, said shipments traditionally lag an
economic recovery by one to two years, and signs are good for the
industry to start a rebound in 2011. More...
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SEEKS INPUT ON HELICOPTER SAFETY
Safety specialists from the
FAA will host a meeting on March 22 and 23 in Portland, Ore., to
address issues particular to helicopters. Pilots, instructors,
mechanics, operators, manufacturers and insurers are urged to attend.
The regional FAA Safety Team, Helicopter Association International and
the International Helicopter Safety Team are hosting the event. Mornings
will feature several nationally recognized speakers and afternoon
breakout sessions provide the opportunity to exchange ideas. The hosts
will seek input from helicopter users about the safety challenges they
confront and how best to meet them. Issues on the agenda include hazards
posed by met
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EMBRAER COMES TO THE U.S.
Brazil's Embraer held the ribbon-cutting for its first
U.S. assembly plant in Melbourne, FL on Feb. 21. Embraer CEO Fred Curado
says the plant, which is designed to build as many as 100 Phenom 100 and
300 light business jets a year, may not be the end of the company's
investment in the U.S. More...
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