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Aircraft News - Latin America / Caribbean.

Dec 18, 2006

Embraer

Embraer announced that it will equip its commercial E-Jets and two business jet models with CMC Electronics' PilotView EFB. "Many of the features found only in Class 3 EFBs, such as FMS-style line-select keys, a high-resolution, fully dimmable display, integrated communication capabilities and DO-160D qualification, make the Class 2 PilotView EFB an ideal system," CMC President and CEO Jean-Pierre Mortreux said. Dec 18, 2006

Embraer

Embraer Puts 2007 Investment At USD$500 Mln. Brazil's Embraer, the world's fourth-biggest manufacturer of commercial aircraft, expects to invest USD$500 million next year, its chief executive, Mauricio Botelho, said on Thursday. Botelho told a press luncheon Embraer had invested USD$2.6 billion since its privatization in 1994 and expected the company to invest a similar amount of money in the next five years. He did not say where the money would come from and whether Embraer would borrow funds in the market. Botelho also said the company would hire between 3,000 and 4,000 people next year. Embraer has a work force of some 19,000, most of them in Brazil. Dec 15, 2006

Embraer

Embraer said last month it expects to deliver up to 165 planes in 2007, up slightly from a previous forecast of 160. The company also predicted it would deliver between 195 and 205 jets in 2008, including up to 20 of the new Phenom 100s, a small, luxury business jet Embraer is developing. Embraer finished the third quarter with a firm order backlog of USD$13.3 billion. Dec 15, 2006

LAN Airlines, Boeing

LAN Airlines this week took delivery of its fourth 767-300 passenger aircraft this year and said it will be used on flights to and from the US, Mexico, Tahiti and the Caribbean. It also operates nine 767-300 freighters. Dec 15, 2006

A joint letter sent to Brazilian authorities and released publicly last week by several international aviation organizations--including the Flight Safety Foundation, the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers and the International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Assns.--heavily criticized the treatment of the pilots. Dec 11, 2006

Former Brazil Justice Minister Jose Carlos Dias, who is serving as the pilots' lawyer in the case, blasted the police in comments to reporters in Brazil. He said charging the pilots was "prejudiced and discriminatory" and merely a way for the police to "find someone to blame" for the worst air crash in the country's history, in which all 154 aboard the nearly new 737-800 were killed. The pilots themselves left Brazil without comment but Dias said they would return willingly when necessary. An accident investigation report released last month said the Legacy pilots attempted to contact air traffic control 19 times in the 8 min. prior to the crash without success. Dec 11, 2006

Copa Airlines, Embraer

Copa Airlines took delivery of its sixth Embraer E-190, which will seat 94 passengers in a two-class configuration. Dec 11, 2006

ExelAire, Gol

Brazilian police charge ExelAire pilots, who face up to 12 years in prison. Brazilian police on Friday officially charged two ExelAire Legacy 600 pilots with endangering aircraft safety in the Sept. 29 midair collision with a Gol 737-800, a serious criminal charge that could land the US citizens in a Brazilian prison for up to 12 years if they are convicted. The charges came the same week the pilots, Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino, were given back their confiscated US passports and allowed to leave Brazil for the first time since the accident to return to their homes in New York. But they apparently will have to go back to Brazil for the trial, for which the starting date has not been determined. Dec 11, 2006

Gol, ExelAire

Brazilian ATC has come under increasing scrutiny as air traffic has been slowed in the country in recent weeks, including last week when a communication system breakdown led to extensive flight delays and cancellations. Airlines in Brazil also have been affected by controllers staging work slowdowns to protest poor work hours and low pay. Dec 11, 2006

Gol, ExelAire

Brazilian police on Friday officially charged two ExelAire Legacy 600 pilots with endangering aircraft safety in the Sept. 29 midair collision with a Gol 737-800, a serious criminal charge that could land the US citizens in a Brazilian prison for up to 12 years if they are convicted. The charges came the same week the pilots, Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino, were given back their confiscated US passports and allowed to leave Brazil for the first time since the accident to return to their homes in New York. But they apparently will have to go back to Brazil for the trial, for which the starting date has not been determined. Former Brazil Justice Minister Jose Carlos Dias, who is serving as the pilots' lawyer in the case, blasted the police in comments to reporters in Brazil. He said charging the pilots was "prejudiced and discriminatory" and merely a way for the police to "find someone to blame" for the worst air crash in the country's history, in which all 154 aboard the nearly new 737-800 were killed. The pilots themselves left Brazil without comment but Dias said they would return willingly when necessary. An accident investigation report released last month said the Legacy pilots attempted to contact air traffic control 19 times in the 8 min. prior to the crash without success. Dec 11, 2006

Gol, ExelAire

ExcelAire said in a statement that "to criminalize this accident investigation runs counter to the safety of the international flying public" and predicted the police would be subject to "worldwide criticism." A joint letter sent to Brazilian authorities and released publicly last week by several international aviation organizations--including the Flight Safety Foundation, the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers and the International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Assns.--heavily criticized the treatment of the pilots. "A criminal inquiry has no place in the investigation," the letter said. "We do not seek to put our colleagues above the law. However, criminal investigations into aviation accidents like the one on Sept. 29 are at odds with efforts to discover root causes of accidents and avoid future mistakes." Dec 11, 2006

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