Embraer Portugal ships first component for Legacy 500

28 November 2012

The first component produced by the composite materials factory of Brazilian aeronautical company Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica (Embraer) in Portugal, a tail assembly for a Legacy 500 executive jet, has been shipped to the company’s headquarters in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, the company said in a statement.

The tail assembly is a part of the aircraft made up of the fin (vertical stabiliser – to direct the plane left of right), the tailplane (horizontal stabiliser – to direct the plane up or down) and the rear part of the fuselage to which these are attached.

In total conformity with the requirements set out by headquarters, the tail assembly is mainly made of carbon fibre parts, and the entire assembly was put together at Embraer’s two factories in Évora, allowing for greater efficiency for operations such as drilling and riveting of the primary composite structures.

“This first delivery by the Évora factory is an important step in Embraer’s globalisation and of our activities in Europe, reflecting our commitment to using local resources for the development and manufacture of our products,” said Hélio Bambini, the Vice President of Embraer Operações Industriais.

Embraer announced in 2008 it had chosen Évora, in Portugal, as the location for Embraer Compósitos and opened the new factory in September 2012 along with Embraer Metálicas, in the same location. (macauhub)