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The Brazilian Air Force has reported that it has successfully completed the first test of the S50 rocket engine. This test, known as Bench Shooting, was carried out in the operating area of Usina Coronel Abner (UCA), in São José dos Campos (SP).

To date, the S50 is the largest rocket engine built in Brazil, using 12 tons of solid fuel. Among other features is the engine envelope, using carbon fiber as one of its alloys, reducing the total weight of the unit.
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The tests are of great importance for the Brazilian Space Program, with the aim of achieving control in the cycle of launching charges into space. It goes from the development of the launcher, to the putting into orbit of various payloads, such as satellites. The S50 engine is part of the Micro Satellite Launch Vehicle (VLM-1), handling the first two stages during launch.

 

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First Venezuelan-Made Aircraft Successfully Completes Maiden Flight (SIBO-100)
November 27, 2020 orinocotribune conviasa, EANSA, first aircraft, Hipolito Abreu, Ramon Velasquez, SIBO-100, Venezuela
Venezuelan Vice Minister of Air Transport and President of the Venezuelan Consortium of Industrias Aeronáuticas y Servicios Aéreos SA (Conviasa), Ramón Celestino Velásquez Araguayán, celebrated the first flight of the Simón Bolívar SIBO-100 aircraft—manufactured completely in Venezuela—on his Twitter account.
“The SIBO-100 aircraft successfully executed the first flight on the Maiquetía-Maracay route, demonstrating that it is possible to advance in the consolidation and promotion of the Venezuelan aeronautical industry,” said Velásquez.
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For the first time the skies of Venezuela were crossed by homemade airplanes. These are the Sibo-100 and Sibo-200 prototypes that made their baptismal flight last Wednesday 25. This duo constitutes the inaugural stage of the Creole aircraft manufacturing project in charge of the brand new National Aeronautical Company (Eansa). The institution, which is based in Maracay, was born in the heat of a revolutionary idea in times of economic blockade: to register Venezuela in the limited list of countries in the world that design and manufacture their own airplanes.

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These first prototypes owe their name to the Liberator Simón Bolívar and the series begins with the 100 that pays homage to the centenary of the Bolivarian Military Aviation (AMB). These are two training aircraft, one for military pilots and the other for civilian pilots, of original Iranian design, with imported parts but assembled on national soil by national personnel, in the Eansa workshops. The second phase of the project, which has a deadline of June 2021, foresees the baptism of the first fleet of fully manufactured aircraft in Venezuela, including its parts and components, and expanding the family with models of one hundred percent Creole design.

The story of how the country is heading to manufacture its airplanes and how the first two are already in the air is told by the protagonists of the project: Ramón Velásquez Araguayán, vice minister of Air Transport and president of Conviasa; Julio Cárdenas, president of Eansa; and Said Arafat Gómez, technical director of aviation projects at Eansa. The first two provided the will, resources, and infrastructure. The latter contributed the idea.

A pilgrimage of twelve years. "Today the level of development of countries is measured through the aeronautical industry," says Said Arafat Gómez, while recounting the vicissitudes he experienced during the twelve years in which he was shaping, working and knocking on doors with the project that finally sees the light.

This aeronautical engineer graduated from the alma mater that was once called the Polytechnic University Institute of the National Armed Forces (IUP-FAN) and today is the National Experimental Polytechnic University of the Armed Forces (Unefa), presented for the first time his proposal of an industry national aircraft manufacturer to President Hugo Chávez in 2008.

Gómez, with fourth-level studies as well as work and scientific experience in Brazil from the hand of the founders of Embraer, is passionate about the career to which he dedicates himself, and since his student days he was obsessed with the particular situation that Venezuela Despite having plenty of potential, qualified labor and first-rate training possibilities, it did not have a national industry for the design and manufacture of motor vehicles.

That first attempt, 12 years ago, did not work. He once again had the opportunity to present his ideas at the highest level in 2014, when President Nicolás Maduro attended the Street Government in his native Táchira. There he detailed the matter on the national chain, and although the president gave him the green light, the stars were still not aligned so that the conditions were favorable.

The moment of execution finally arrived last year, when events finally precipitated thanks to a joint effort with Conviasa that originally had another purpose. In a few months, the project that he presented independently led to the creation of Eansa, which began operating last February, and less than a year later the first two planes were already taking off.

"The country has a great infrastructure at the airport level, but you can't go by plane from one city to another," explains Gómez about the motivations that led him to become passionate about the country's real need to invest in its air-powered fleet from the moment of manufacture.

“One of the things that has always motivated us is that the aeronautical industry is an industry that develops not only the airline sector but also powers other industries downstream. An airplane agglomerates all the engineering areas ”, he emphasized.
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How much does the Falcon 2 cost and what is it like?, Airplane assembled in Celaya
The plane can be used for training new pilots for schools, tourist flights and also for aerial surveillance. Has ballistic parachute

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Celaya, Guanajuato.- During the inauguration of the Guanajuato Aerospace Congress "Aerospace Summit 4.0", which was held at the Leon Poliforum, the Halcón 2 aircraft from the HorizonTec company was presented, which will be assembled in Celaya.


HorizonTec is a company dedicated to the design, development and manufacture of aircraft; will develop and manufacture light sports category aircraft in the state of Guanajuato and bet on Halcón 2 the new technologies, as reported by Giovanni Angelucci, who is the general director of the company.

The Halcón 2 manufactured entirely in Mexico, in the state of Guanajuato, will be marketed at a cost of between 120 thousand and 160 thousand dollars (2 million 520 thousand pesos to 3 million 360 thousand pesos), which will depend on the type of engine you have. and the company will offer them with up to three different versions.

"It is an airplane for passionate pilots, for sports pilots who can fly at a competitive cost, it is an airplane that we are making very efficient, the flight time is very cheap," said Angelucci.


The aircraft has a range of 1,500 kilometers and will develop a speed of 250 kilometers per hour; It will have Austrian engines and will run on Premium gasoline.

"The plane can operate with less than 15 liters per hour, so the flight would be around 300 pesos, when in the case of a Cessna the fuel consumption is approximately 25 liters per hour," Angelucci said.



He commented that this aircraft could also be used for basic training in pilot schools, as well as for border surveillance and even for pipelines.

"Because it is an efficient plane, very safe, it has a ballistic parachute, it is what allows us in the event of a problem to lower a parachute that lowers the entire plane," he explained.

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Falcon 2 airplane characteristics

Light sports category, has a range of up to 1,500 kilometers
Two-seater: Crew of 2 passengers
250k / h cruising speed
Length: 6.1 meters
Height: 2.3 meters
Empty weight: 300 kg
Maximum weight: 600 kg
Flight autonomy: 5-6 hours

Fuel capacity: It has two versions of tanks, 90 and 120 liters.
It has a 140 horsepower Rotax 915 engine, Garmin 3GX avionics.
Computerized fuel injection
Its structure is made of composite materials such as carbon fiber and epoxy resins and aircraft grade aluminum.
It has the latest technology worldwide, the resins are French, the materials are German.
Source: HorizonTec
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He said that a two-seater plane (for two people) was made of carbon fiber and epoxy resins by specialists graduated from the Polytechnic, technicians from Conalep and researchers from the Veracruzana University.

It is a light aircraft and has a capacity of five hours of flight at 250 kilometers per hour, spending 15 liters of Premium gasoline, "our motto is to democratize aviation," he explained.
 
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Oaxaca Aerospace is the company responsible for the manufacture and sale of aircraft for military use, in charge of the P-400T project that by 2022 seeks to be mass-produced.
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Embraer started production of the first KC-390 Millennium for Hungary
11/12/2021 in Industry

Embraer started production of the first KC-390 Millennium for Hungary
Embraer successfully completed the Hungarian Critical Design Review (CDR) and began structural assembly of its first KC-390 Millennium. A ceremony held at the Embraer facilities in Gavião Peixoto, witnessed by the Hungarian government and Embraer representatives, marked the start of production of the first KC-390 Millennium for Hungary.

In the coming weeks, parts will be assembled to generate the structural panels and frames for the main components of the fuselage and semi-wings. The first aircraft is scheduled to be delivered in 2024.

In November 2020, the Hungarian government signed a contract with Embraer for the acquisition of two C-390 Millennium multi-mission transport aircraft, in their Air-to-Air Refueling (AAR) configuration, designated KC-390. The acquisition is part of the process to strengthen the capabilities of the Hungarian Defense Forces.

The KC-390 of the Hungarian Defense Forces will be the first in the world with the Intensive Care Unit in its configuration, a fundamental characteristic for carrying out humanitarian missions.

The aircraft fully complies with the requirements of the Hungarian Defense Forces, being able to carry out different types of military and civil missions including Medical Evacuation, Cargo and Troop Transport, Precision Cargo Drop, Parachute Operations and AAR.

These KC-390s are fully NATO compliant, not only in terms of their hardware but also in their avionics and communications setup. In addition, the KC-390 probe and the drogue's refueling system mean that the aircraft is capable of refueling the Hungarian JAS 39 Gripen, as well as other aircraft using the same technology.

The existing KC-390 fleet of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) currently numbers four and these aircraft have exceeded 4,100 flight hours in operation, including their extensive use to transport medical equipment and supplies across the country that are needed with urgency to address the Covid-19 situation in Brazil.

The C-390 is a tactical transport jet designed to set new standards in its category. Some of the strengths of the aircraft are increased mobility, robust design, greater flexibility, proven state-of-the-art technology, and easier maintenance.
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Flying faster and delivering more cargo, both the C-390 Millennium and KC-390 variant are the right size platform for major deployment scenarios. Minimized interventions and maintenance under condition combined with highly reliable systems and components support reduced downtime and costs, contributing to exceptional availability levels and low life cycle costs.
 

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Ezute Foundation will participate in Stage 3 of the MANSUP Program
The current stage consists of the “production” of the prototypes developed in the previous stage and the manufacture of the pilot batch of the National Surface Anti-ship Missile.

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The Ezute Foundation is reaching the end of 2021 with good news, celebrating its hiring to continue working on the development of the first National Surface Anti-ship Missile, the MANSUP, of the Brazilian Navy.

Since 2010, when Stage 2 began, the Ezute Foundation has been working in the MANSUP Program, which comprises the development of a surface-to-surface missile, designed to carry out “sea skimming” type flights, to be used on MB ships.

It is a complex and multidisciplinary project, with high technological content, which brings together a number of companies in the defense area. Due to its innovative character, MANSUP will place Brazil on a new level of technological independence.

Ezute's performance in the stages of the project already carried out took place through the integration and coordination of the work of organizations and companies contracted to develop the technology for this smart missile. EZUTE Foundation's multidisciplinary team acted in both technical and managerial systems engineering activities, implementing the complementary management in support of the Navy and also coordinating the performance of the corresponding systems engineering activities.

“In Stage 1, the company AVIBRAS developed the missile engines. In Stage 2, the companies Omnisys, SIATT and AVIBRAS, together with the Ezute Foundation, were responsible for developing and manufacturing the missile prototypes. These same companies and organizations will participate in the implementation of Stage 3”, explains the Defense & Space Market Director of the Ezute Foundation, Carlos Eduardo de Almeida Jr.

The MANSUP prototypes were successfully produced and tested at the end of Stage 2, indicating that the knowledge and technologies necessary for the production of the missile in Brazil are mastered. Testing of the prototypes was carried out at the end of 2018 and in the first half of 2019.

Current situation

In the current stage, the scope of Ezute's work consists of providing Specialized Professional Technical Services of Complementary Management for the development and manufacture of the pilot batch of the National Surface Anti-ship Missile.

According to the Director, in general, the scope of Stage 3 comprises the development of processes and preparation of infrastructure for industrialization; the production of the missile and production of a Serial Head Lot; product qualification; preparing for commercialization and planning the validation of the operational concept of MANSUP.

“Due to the beginning of the Production Stage of the Head of Series Batch (Step 3), MB needs to sign new contracts with the companies that will participate in the program and monitor the production and qualification of the assembled parts and missiles. For this, it must continue to count on the support of the Complementary Manager”, says the Director.
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Step 3
Called Missile Production and Qualification, this step will consist of the Production of the Serial Head Batch, which comprises the fabrication, assembly and verification and validation tests of the entire MANSUP System (Missile, Cocoon, Transport Container, Telemetry System, Console Launcher and Battle Head).

Stage 3 also comprises the Development of Manufacturing Processes, Cataloging, Certification, Preparation for the Validation of the Operational Concept of MANSUP and the Planning of Logistic Support for its commercialization in scale.

"The complexity, interaction, volume of information, simultaneity, inspection and controls to be used in the production that is envisaged can result in a management effort consistent with a highly complex project, which is why Ezute will support the Systems Board of Navy Weapons (DSAM), to complement the management of specific aspects of this undertaking”, says Carlos Eduardo.

Stage 3 of the program, which began in 2019, should last for 6 years, a period in which the industrializable versions of the missile systems and components will be consolidated.

All qualification tests will be carried out to demonstrate compliance by the missile and its components with the design requirements. 10 prototypes are expected to be launched as part of the qualification process.

 

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It will be in January 2022 that the construction of the first 100 percent Mexican aircraft production plant will begin, which will be based in the city of Celaya in Guanajuato. This after the engineer Giovanni Angelucci CEO of Horizontec decided that it will be that city where the "Halcón II" is produced, an aircraft of Mexican design and manufacture.
"We are going to start as soon as possible, we have already been able to speak with the mayor and we have all the support from the municipality, that will make it much easier for us to get started, because it is a necessity to have a house and Celaya is one of the best options we have," he said in interview.

For ease of logistics, the plant will be located next to the Celaya airport from where the first flights are expected to take place, at least four Guanajuato supply companies will be involved in the production of this plane. The Falcon II is an aircraft made with composite materials such as carbon fiber, it is ready for flight tests, however, the company is waiting for its certification and approval.

“At the beginning of the year we will be in Celaya, laying the first stone for the series production plant of the Halcón 2, the 100% Guanajuato and Mexican aircraft. This is called mentefactura, ”said Diego Sinhue Rodríguez Vallejo, state governor.
 

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Honeywell manufactures its turbines at its machining plant in Chihuahua, Mexico. Grinding, milling, turning and drilling processes are carried out regularly in the factory, in facilities equipped with the most modern machinery.


The turbines manufactured here have diameters between 35 and 43 cm. Most of them are made of titanium, except for one, which is made of aluminum.

The Chihuahua plant is a supplier to Honeywell's assembly plant in Phoenix, Arizona, where aircraft turbines are assembled and tested.

If the reference of a finished workpiece is off-center, the turbine must undergo a design analysis, where a technician checks the component and decides if it can be used.

Each analysis costs approximately € 57,000 per piece and also lengthens the manufacturing process. Production alone can take up to 60 hours, where around 130 tools are used, including assembly on the machine.

At Honeywell, this production time is scheduled for two weeks. If an off-center part is detected after machining, the necessary analysis can lengthen the process for another week. This causes machine shutdowns and process delays, both of which have a large impact on production time and manufacturing cost.

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Challenges
“During the turbine machining process, Honeywell detected that the datum reference of the workpiece was not maintained axially, thus increasing the part's manufacturing time,” says Raúl Barriga, commercial director of Renishaw México.

The axial displacement of the center point of origin can be due to an incorrect setting of the part, which would be caused by an operator error, damaged tooling or burrs generated on the part during a previous machining operation.

Solution
Upon completing the first cycle of Honeywell's turbine production process, Luis Adrián Gallegos, Honeywell's manufacturing technician, discussed with the product quality technician the different ways in which the company could reduce misalignment during the machining process.

"After the first cycle, we knew that we had to improve our machining process, but we did not want to undertake a large investment," says Gallegos. “We consulted Renishaw about the possibility of using a compact, high-precision contact probe and their software to measure parts before machining begins, thus detecting any misalignment to correct before starting.

“After exploring our options, we decided to purchase an RMP600 machine tool probe with radio signal transmission. This system offered all the advantages of automatic job preparation and, in addition, the ability to measure geometries of complex 3D parts, such as our turbines ”.

During the machining process, the Renishaw probe touches the part at various points to detect possible errors or misalignments.

"The probe allows us to detect any inaccuracies before a defect occurs," continues Gallegos. “Previously, there was no way to identify any problems before 16 hours of machining and more than an hour of measurements. Now we can receive warnings if a part is incorrect and take the necessary corrective actions before wasting valuable machining time and resources. "

“In addition to the probe, Honeywell also acquired Productivity + PC inspection software for its machining centers. This system provides Honeywell with an easy-to-use programming environment to incorporate inspection routines and make in-process decisions into machining cycles. The software makes component set-up and part verification easier, and streamlines development of key areas of machining: job and process preparation, and part and tool identification. Productivity + also simplifies post-process reporting tasks, as it collects all the information about the completed process and facilitates decision-making for future operations and processes, ”says Barriga.

Renishaw RMP600 High Precision Contact Probe
With the help of Renishaw's probe and software, Honeywell is confident that the machining process will run as planned. Before incorporating the new technology, the machine operator had to position the part, set the gauge, and set the diameter and faces. If any of this information was missing or incorrect, or the tooling was damaged, the final product would be invalid. Now, we can detect any flaws in advance and root them out.

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Highly specialized finishes for the aeronautical industry
With unique technology in Mexico, Ellison Surface Technology offers surface finishes for aircraft components and gas turbines.
Although John Langello spends most of the year traveling North America, he already considers Guaymas, Sonora, his second home. The director of Sales and Business Development for Ellison Surface Technologies (EST) began visiting Mexico more than seven years ago with the purpose of finding the best location to open a new plant.

“The good clients we had at Roca Fuerte, and even those who were not our clients, allowed us to enter to see the facilities,” recalls Langello. These visits, together with the research carried out by the company in cities such as Querétaro and Chihuahua, showed that the largest sector of the aerospace engine market was located precisely in Sonora.

Shortly after EST's arrival in Mexico, the aerospace companies located in the Roca Fuerte industrial park, in the municipality of Guaymas, achieved what until recently seemed impossible: reducing to a matter of days a series of processes that used to take weeks .

“In this park there is a foundry plant, several machining companies and now Ellison is completing the supply chain. Within a square kilometer and a half we can cast a part, machine it, apply special processes and send it directly to the OEM, ”explains Langello.

For the company that he represents and for others with which he collaborates at Roca Fuerte, this reduction in time has translated into alliances, greater orders and new business with his clients, due to the benefit it represents for an industry that does not stop growing. "Speed is key, especially in these times, with the increase in new engine programs, good performance is key," says Langello.

As the company already had clients in Sonora and the United States, its decision to open facilities in Guaymas was successful, but the support of the local government for the aerospace industry and the human capital that can be found in Sonora was also important.

Landing at Strong Rock
Made the decision, in 2012, to settle in Guaymas, the plant construction process began, as well as the hiring of personnel, for which EST worked with The Offshore Group in order to find the talent it required.

Although finding talent could be a challenge due to the uniqueness of his industry, according to Langello, there are engineering schools in Sonora and the local government is doing a good job in this area. “Here at Roca Fuerte they have a training center where they teach young people from an early age to use measuring equipment, to program and to operate a CNC machine,” he comments.

Because of the new technologies in the country, the first four Ellison employees had to train in the United States. “Our first employees spent three months to a year and a half at our Hebron, Kentucky facility to receive specific training, as well as cross-training. Our administrator was away from his family for almost six months to learn the financial aspects of Ellison and to run the business as a site administrator, ”says Langello.

In 2013, when they were about to start operations, the company learned that its main client was taken over by an Ellison competitor, completely changing its initial perspective.

Despite this, the sales team located new prospects and found their first client in Mexicali, with whom they worked to develop 48 different part numbers. With completely new equipment and personnel, the company began operations in Mexico in June 2015. “The development and approval of the 48 part numbers in a timely manner was a great success. It was great working for that project, ”recalls Langello.

Highly specialized services
Most of the aerospace finishes done in Mexico are covered with traditional processes such as galvanizing, anodizing, E-coat and powder painting, but the core of EST's business is very different. The company carries out processes so specialized that they did not exist before in Mexico.

The daily work of the plant in Guaymas consists of treating the parts with thermal spray coatings, which include techniques such as high velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF), plasma spray and electric arc. Similarly, EST offers coatings with aluminized vapor phase, dri-film lube (to reduce surface friction) and thermal processes such as heat treatment or vacuum welding.

“Most of the components here are related to turbine engines and structural components. The structural parts that we process are part of the gondolas (nacelle), and anything from eight feet long to two inches, which can make it very complex, ”explains Langello.

The difference between these processes and the traditional ones is reflected in the layout of the plant, since in Ellison there are no long lines of work to submerge parts or tanks overflowing with chemicals. What you see in their facilities are special booths to apply certain processes, some of which, such as tungsten carbide, are automated with robots. There are also spaces for ovens and workstations for masking parts and special sites for quality control.

Each part that is processed in this plant arrives with the specifications of the type of process that it should receive, and that information is dictated directly by the customer or the OEM that will carry out the final assembly.

hermal barrier in parts that have a lot of contact with heat, and aluminum in vapor phase prevents oxidation. "Developing a specific process can take up to a year," says Langello.

Sales on the rise
For a company that started just five years ago in Mexico, Ellison has a strong customer base in the country, including Walbar Engine Components (whose plant is right across from Ellison's), Paradigm, Sargent Aerospace and Defense and Altaser, to name a few.

Regarding the geographical distribution of its clients, there are from the same state and others who come from Querétaro or Chihuahua and from different parts of the United States.

Asked about EST's sales volume, Langello responds that in 2018 the Mexico plant treated around 102,000 individual parts, adding that when comparing 2017 with 2018, they saw a growth of 119 percent, and for 2019 they expect to grow around 20 percent more.
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“The aerospace industry is really taking off right now, and I mean this without meaning to be a play on words. The prospects for the next 20 years are tremendous. It is a very exciting time to be here in Mexico with the growth that is expected in the aerospace, industrial and power generation markets. It's a very good place to be, ”says Langello.

Beyond business
Ellison's history with Mexico began in the 1990s, when the founder, owner, and president of this company, Michael Ellison (who passed away unexpectedly in the fall of 2018), became involved in the creation of Back2Back ministries. Ellison contributed his time and resources to Back2Back, whose first mission was in Monterey, Mexico, to support orphaned children.

According to Langello: “Mr. Ellison was passionate about the work Back2Back did. That passion and his vision of one day providing opportunity for the children of Mexico were remarkable. He was very proud to have established the Ellison plant in Mexico, which completed the supply chain and, at the same time, offered employment to women, men and young adults here.
 

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What do Sonora aerospace companies make?
The State is the national leader in the manufacture of turbines, and the largest center for the manufacture of aircraft engine components in Mexico, said the Secretary of Economy, Jorge Vidal Ahumada, but each company has its specialty.

These are some examples of the most important:

In the case of Hermosillo, there are several companies in this branch installed, such as the French-born Latécoère, which manufactures doors for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
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Also in the capital of Sonora, another company of Gallic origin is Figeac, which manufactures components for Boeing doors, its main partner in the entity is Latécoère.

The German capital company AT Engine manufactures components for the hot parts of the turbines, with state-of-the-art machinery.

Amphenol is located in Nogales, where connectors and interconnection systems are made; also the Carlisle company, which manufactures cables and harnesses. While in Cumpas is located Mefasa, which manufactures and assembles electronic products for aircraft.

The port of Guaymas is not far behind, as it has the company Ellison Surface Technologies, who make the coatings of turbine components; Same case with Williams International factory.

In Ciudad Obregón, there are two companies dedicated to aircraft maintenance and repair (MRO), which are Radiall, while the second is QET Tech Aerospace.

 

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Frisa starts its special steel plant in García
The firm invests $ 160 million in the factory.





By JUAN ANTONIO [email protected] 08, 2016 | 10:45 am hrs
With an investment of between 150 and 160 million dollars, Frisa started the production of its special steel plant for self-consumption, with which they hope to replace imports of up to 300 thousand tons from Korea, Europe and the United States.


In a recent interview with El Financiero, Carlos Gutiérrez, director of the Superalloys Division of Frisa, the company's aerospace division, pointed out that the company produces forged rings of nickel and titanium alloys, the main application of which is aircraft turbine components.

Among the company's main clients are the large
Aircraft turbine OEMs such as: Rolls Royce, GE Aircraft
Engines, Pratt & Whitney, Snecma, their RRSP's (Risk and Revenue
Sharing Partners),
as well as other Tier 1 and Tier 2 companies in the aerospace industry.

 

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INVAP from Argentina

INVAP and the company Jampur International FZE, from the United Arab Emirates signed a contract for the provision of two primary 3D mobile radars for civil use, model RPA-200MC to be located in Nigeria, a provision that will also include the training of the personnel who will operate them.

The contract was signed in March by Mr. Mohammad Shafiq CEO of Jampur International FZE and Dr. Vicente Campenni, General Manager of INVAP.

Jampur International FZE is responsible for the provision of airport equipment required by the Federal Ministry of Aviation of Nigeria to improve the safety of civil aviation operations in that country.

 

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EMBRAER and the Brazilian Army present the national SABER M200 VIGILANTE early air warning radar





Campinas-SP, December 10, 2021-Embraer and the Brazilian Army (EB) presented today, at an event at the Embraer Campinas unit, the SABER M200 VIGILANTE radar. As a result of the joint development of radars for the Brazilian Government, the national radar was developed to serve the country's anti-aircraft defense units, also with a view to increasing the portfolio of EMBRAER products and exporting integrated defense systems.

“We are proud to witness this event, together with EMBRAER. Over more than 15 years of joint work, the synergy between the Army and EMBRAER has made it possible to achieve national autonomy in the development of the technological capacity of the now digital radars, with phased array technology, which will soon expand the capabilities of our troops, maintaining continued operation with the support of our Defense Industrial Base (IDB)”, said Army General Guido Amin Naves, Head of the Department of Science and Technology (DCT) of the Army.

The purpose of the new national terrestrial radar will be to meet the needs of the Brazilian Armed Forces in their low-altitude surveillance missions aimed at anti-aircraft defense. Developed in Brazil by Embraer and the Army Technological Center (CTEx), a military organization that is part of the Army's Science, Technology and Innovation System (SCTIEx), the SABER M200 VIGILANTE radar has as its main objective to furnish the Land Force's Anti-aircraft Artillery Units , incorporating the most up-to-date radar technologies, available in few countries.

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President of EMRAER Defense & Security Mr Jackson Schneider and Army Commander Gen Ex Paulo Sérgio Nogueira de Oliveira

“At this event, we celebrated an important stage in our collaboration with the Brazilian Army. For the presentation of the first SABER M200 VIGILANTE radar, several technological challenges were overcome together with the Army throughout its development, making use of EMBRAER's engineering capabilities and complex project management processes. The adoption of the radar and the start of operations by the Land Force will be fundamental for the validation and endorsement of the solution with a view to future exports”, said Jackson Schneider, President and CEO of EMBRAER Defense and Security.

This new development will integrate the family of national radars, which already has the SABER M60 radar, intended for the search of air targets and which works as part of an Anti-aircraft Operations Center, and the SENTIR M20 radar, intended for the monitoring of ground targets and in use in the Border Monitoring System (SISFRON). In addition, the family of national radars will soon also have a new result of research and development, the SABER M200 Multi-Mission radar, which will be destined to integrate Medium Height Anti-aircraft Defense Systems.
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Such efforts by the Brazilian Army and EMBRAER had the support of the IDB and development agencies, highlighting the contributions of the Financier of Studies and Projects (FINEP) and the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES).

 

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In Valle del Cauca they are manufacturing the first prototype of an ultralight aircraft, similar to those used in fumigation tasks, for commercial or private use.

This is the project in which the Government of Valle del Cauca is the guarantor to promote innovation and scientific development for the aeronautical sector in the region.

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According to the Government, the initiative includes the design, projection and implementation, thanks to co-financing with resources from the General Royalties System, through the Science, Technology and Innovation Fund for 2,000 million pesos and a counterpart of 625 million pesos for part of the participating companies.


"This project seeks to favor not only manufacturers and assemblers, but also the chain of services related to the aeronautical sector, where universities, schools, workshops and laboratories can be located, which provide technical support services," they indicated in the Governorate.

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They also explained that entities such as the International Aviation and Tourism Academy are part of the Valle aerospace cluster.

The Pacific Metalworking Technological Network Corporation (CRTM) cooperates in the technical part related to investigations, laboratories, tests and courses.

"The aeronautical project was born from strategic initiatives woven over many years ago, by which the manufacturers of ultralight aircraft and all those entrepreneurs who have believed the aeronautical sector made the decision to join forces to establish a joint and a harmonization of capacities in the region in light of the aeronautical sector, "said Giovanni Upegui Duarte, who was an officer in the Colombian Air Force and is currently in good retirement use at the senior level.

This aeronautical administrator graduated from the Marco Fidel Suarez aviation school and with a master's degree in Public Management from the Santiago de Cali University added that when about 10, 12 years ago in the company of the Colombian Air Force, the Civil Aeronautics accompanied the Vale del Cauca business community, through the Valle del Cauca Chamber of Commerce and the Governor's Office.

"A mapping of the capabilities that exist in the region was started. This is very important because it was possible to establish a portfolio of services, with which some ideas begin to be projected to the Future and those ideas begin to crystallize during the journey and the management of these entrepreneurs, "said the senior in retirement.

The development of the project was fragmented in the fulfillment of three main phases.
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This is the project in which the Government of Valle del Cauca is the guarantor to promote innovation and scientific development for the aeronautical sector in the region.


According to the Government, the initiative includes the design, projection and implementation, thanks to co-financing with resources from the General Royalties System, through the Science, Technology and Innovation Fund for 2,000 million pesos and a counterpart of 625 million pesos for part of the participating companies.




"This project seeks to favor not only manufacturers and assemblers, but also the chain of services related to the aeronautical sector, where universities, schools, workshops and laboratories can be located, which provide technical support services," they indicated in the Governorate.


They also explained that entities such as the International Aviation and Tourism Academy are part of the Valle aerospace cluster.

The Pacific Metalworking Technological Network Corporation (CRTM) cooperates in the technical part related to investigations, laboratories, tests and courses.

"The aeronautical project was born from strategic initiatives woven over many years ago, by which the manufacturers of ultralight aircraft and all those entrepreneurs who have believed the aeronautical sector made the decision to join forces to establish a joint and a harmonization of capacities in the region in light of the aeronautical sector, "said Giovanni Upegui Duarte, who was an officer in the Colombian Air Force and is currently in good retirement use at the senior level.

This aeronautical administrator graduated from the Marco Fidel Suarez aviation school and with a master's degree in Public Management from the Santiago de Cali University added that when about 10, 12 years ago in the company of the Colombian Air Force, the Civil Aeronautics accompanied the Vale del Cauca business community, through the Valle del Cauca Chamber of Commerce and the Governor's Office.

"A mapping of the capabilities that exist in the region was started. This is very important because it was possible to establish a portfolio of services, with which some ideas begin to be projected to the Future and those ideas begin to crystallize during the journey and the management of these entrepreneurs, "said the senior in retirement.

The development of the project was fragmented in the fulfillment of three main phases.




The first is a study of technological and prospective surveillance through a survey of information on the capacities of Valle del Cauca within the aeronautical sector.

The second is the development of diplomas focused on the aeronautical sector for the training of human talent.

The third is the design and manufacture of a prototype aircraft for fumigation.

In compliance with the third phase, the construction of the aeronautical prototype was delivered to the CRTM del Pacifico.

The director was selected by the Government of Valle del Cauca, "for having a high business profile and ability to comply with the requirements of high quality and characteristics required to achieve a versatile, compact and reliable aircraft."

Likewise, the project has articulated three notable variables: innovation, training and development.
"In terms of training, it has been achieved that, in higher education institutions such as the Universidad del Valle and the Universidad Santiago de Cali, the aeronautical sector is strengthened with the creation of postgraduate programs focused on
this market.

On the other hand, in light of research and innovation, the Drones Technology Park is currently being established, where new technologies will be welcomed that will allow the aeronautical sector of Valle del Cauca to be at the forefront of the world.

According to the directors of the CRTM, one of the main objectives of this project is to allow the future configuration of business rounds, aeronautical alternatives, industrial alternatives and productive development by strengthening the aeronautical cluster through the leverage of solid companies and the sector. private public.

The retired major explained that it is an aircraft that is given the responsibility of manufacturing it to the Pacific CRTM.

"During the development of this prototype, we found high technology, applications and software developments that have allowed us to validate all the tests of each of its components to make it a compact aircraft and an aircraft that allows reliability, and of course an aircraft versatile that allows it to be a fumigator and later have other capabilities and other characteristics. The interesting thing about this aircraft is that it is an aircraft that has been built with Valle del Cauca labor, with Valle del Cauca infrastructure, with Valle del Cauca components, "he noted.


 

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Safran Mexico: the future is in innovation

Jorge Castellanos / Tuesday, 3 October 2017 - 01:11
DANIEL PARFAIT HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR COUNTRY IN THE WORLDWIDE AERONAUTICAL INDUSTRY
Safran innovation Querétaro LEAP
Querétaro, QRO. 40 percent of the planes that fly in Mexico use an engine manufactured by this company. Since 2007, it has opened 13 production sites, the last two last February. Four years ago it employed four thousand specialized Mexican workers: today there are six thousand ... and the numbers continue but, 25 years after its first investment in our country, the growth of Grupo Safran seems to have limits only in the minds of engineers and designers, who day by day they create the innovations that drive the aeronautical industry in the world.

This was expressed by Daniel Parfait, president of Safran Mexico who, during an aeronautical congress held in recent days, spoke of the importance of Mexico for this global consortium.

One of the most representative actions of the multinational in our territory is the installation of a new plant for the production of parts for the LEAP engine, established in partnership with Albany.



“There was a fight for months to find out if he would settle in any other country and who won? Mexico. And in Mexico: Querétaro ”, said the manager.

In this plant, the blades for the Boeing 737 MAX turbines are being manufactured, under a process of weaving highly complex composite materials.


This technology gave the engines greater resistance, robustness and lightness to save 15 percent of fuel, reduce their polluting emissions by half, and be more silent, characteristics that have placed these turbines at the top of the market, with more than thirteen thousand orders from aeronautical manufacturers around the world.

Currently, the manufacture of this component is only carried out at three Safran / Albany sites: Rochester (United States), Commercy (France), and now Querétaro.

“All the technology that exists (in Querétaro) is the future of engines for many years. So, Mexico is at the forefront of innovation in terms of the aircraft of the future ”.

The executive said that the first batches of blades produced at this plant are about to be launched. Likewise, production volumes are expected to increase until reaching an annual rate of more than 20 thousand sheets by 2021, which would allow the company to meet its goal of producing two thousand engines per year by 2020.

In addition to this, another five plants in the Bajío cover business lines as varied as: CFM56 engine parts; landing gear components; maintenance of engines and landing gears, and renewal of engine parts, as well as a design and engineering center with 250 Mexican engineers.

"Spectacular" workmanship

Regarding the quality that Safran Mexico engineers and collaborators contribute to the manufacturing, research, design and product development processes, Parfait assured that the company was extremely happy with the workforce in our country, which he described simply as “ spectacular". And he gave two testimonies of it:

The Safran Engineering Center in Querétaro has twice won the Safran Innovation Award.
The 4,300 employees at the Chihuahua plant - inaugurated in 1996 and currently the world's largest center for the manufacture of aeronautical cabling - generate between 8 and 10,000 new ideas each year.
For all these reasons, Grupo Safran will continue betting on the generation of innovation and technology projects, now with the signing of a collaboration agreement with the National Council of Science and Technology.

"We accompany this important movement in the country to go from manufacturing to innovation: in manufacturing we are doing well but the future lies in innovation and the two combined make Mexico have a great future in the aerospace sector," he said.
 

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the production of aircraft components in Mexico is among the fastest growing in the country. This implies investments of more than USD 1,200 million in technology for manufacturing and shows an imperative need for technical training to add more value and improve production efficiency. This report shows how companies such as Bombardier, Grupo Safran, General Electric (GE), Honeywell and Eurocopter are spearheading the development of this industry in states such as Chihuahua, Nuevo León and Querétaro.

The development of aerospace companies in Mexico would not be understood if the application of technological systems were not in line with market demand and with needs such as the realization of complex and specific parts within the largest structures of aircraft, Which depend on special designs, as well as high process scheduling that yields better precision products, higher quality, lower costs and short delivery times. These challenges are determining the behavior of suppliers of manufacturers and / or assemblers of original equipment within the manufacture of aircraft parts.

According to ProMéxico, a body that promotes investment and trade in the Aztec country, in the aviation industry, cost efficiency and innovation are key factors for the new generation of aircraft, both for the commercial and defense sectors. . The commercial vehicle market today is focused on the development of wide-body aircraft such as the A350 and 787-9, as well as the development and design of the 777X.

On the other hand, in narrow-body aircraft, the Bombardier company is already working on the C Series and the improved engines for the A320NEO and C919, which have been being assembled for a couple of years in our country.

Regarding non-commercial aviation, the aerospace cluster in Mexico is taking advantage of the opportunity to be a supplier to companies in the world (OEM and T1) that are making partnerships to manufacture combat aircraft in the so-called defense market and this is how They are joining the value chain as T2 and T3 of companies in Europe. On that continent, Switzerland is collaborating with Sweden in the development of the new generation Saab Gripen and in Indonesia it has joined the KFX combat craft program of South Korea.

Aircraft orders are in progress and sales forecasts are practically defined until 2020, and surely until 2025. For this reason, investment schemes are implemented throughout the supply chain for immigration of companies in strategic places, which are looking for the development of certified processes, machining centers with cutting-edge technology that also help in reducing costs, that have quality, precision and trained personnel for the management, maintenance, design and control of those same processes.

The same industry has forced peripheral services to be mostly efficient, such as logistics, increased training of qualified human capital, improved coordination between local and federal governments with private initiative, to say a few.

According to experts in the field, all this is generating investments that exceed USD 1,200 million. Important companies such as Bombardier, Grupo Safran, General Electric (GE), Honeywell and Eurocopter have found in Mexico the conditions to develop design and engineering centers, laboratories and production lines capable of rapidly evolving to handle more complex assignments in the development of new generations of engines, components and airframes.

This is how other companies are committed to remaining as the suppliers of the aforementioned large companies and every day the range of parts that are manufactured for the different compounds used in aircraft grows at a dizzying rate.

Thus we find companies with different manufacturing vocations in the country, being the states of Baja California, Chihuahua, Querétaro, Nuevo León and Sonora, which host the bulk of the industry in the national territory with the dynamism necessary to implement logistics services to adequate costs to reach OEM's more efficiently.

In Querétaro, the sector is developing complex components, manufacturing aerostructures, low-pressure turbines, compressor rotors, blades, shafts and braking systems, among others. These are some examples.

Aernnova: assembly and integration of complex structures with wings, stabilizers and fuselages for Bombardier, Embraer and Sikorsky.
Messier-Dowty - manufactures aircraft landing and braking gears for Airbus and Boeing.
Snecma: manufactures components for the landing gear of Airbus A320 and A330 and Boeing 737 passenger aircraft.
Aamec: landing components, support braces, brake structures, fuselage components.
Manufacturing in Baja California is focused on electronic systems and aircraft surfaces.


Hutchinson: injection molding of rubber for gaskets, seals, drums and manufacturing of metal parts for aircraft.
Eaton Industries - Assembly of aircraft components such as fuel system parts, hydraulic steering systems, propulsion subsystems and air distribution.
Honeywell: assembly of heat exchangers, radiators, turbines and compressors for aircraft.
GKN Aerospace: Powertrain Rings and Covers.
Rockwell Collins: assembly of electronic devices and entertainment systems for aircraft.
Parker Industrial: manufacture of rubber and metal seals for the aerospace and automotive industries.
Goodrich Aerospace: landing gear conditioning systems, sensors, safety systems and engine control systems.
In Chihuahua, metal components, stamped, rolled and machined are part of its vocation for aerospace manufacturing.

Arnprior Aerospace: structural metallic and non-metallic parts and components. Private aviation. Main processes: metal machining, profiling and forming, thermal and chemical treatment, painting and assembly.
Beechcraft: structural components for airframes, wings and cockpits. Commercial, private and military aviation. Main processes: forging, stamping, forming, riveting, assembly, integrity testing.
Cav Aerospace: structural components and wing antifreeze protection systems. Private aviation. Main processes: forming, machining and assembly of structural components, special surface applications and integrity tests.
Cessna: harnesses for electrical systems, structural components for airframes, wings and cockpits. Commercial and private aviation. Main processes: electrical assembly, rolling, stamping, forming, riveting, application and curing of chemical compounds.
Honeywell: parts and components for turbines. Commercial and military aviation. Main processes: high precision multi-axis CNC machining, heat and surface treatments, non-destructive integrity testing.
Kaman Aerospace: structural components of metal and chemical compounds. Private aviation. Main processes: hydroforming, laminating, machining, heat and surface treatment, integrity testing.
Sonora is home to one of the most important and integrated aeronautical machining clusters in the country. This entity has become a center of excellence for the manufacture of blades and components for turbines and wind motors (casting processes, machining, among others).

Cadence Aerospace - Retainer Bar, Engine Mount, Engine Hinge Beam, Side Adjustments, and Hydraulics.
Daher Aerospace: non-commercial aircraft assembly, maintenance, repair and technical supervision.
In Nuevo León, the focus is on the development of suppliers with high added value.

Ezi Metals - ISO 9001: 2008 certified and 9100 certified company with the following capabilities: up to 2-inch HD plasma cutter, welding, drilling, powder coating, machining centers.
Frisa: company with ISO 9001: 2000 certification, in addition to 9100 certifications. Dedicated to forging and machining.
Jaiter: company dedicated to ring turning and milling, 5-axis machining processes and high-strength steels.
Monterrey Aerospace: company dedicated to the manufacture of helicopter airframes, chemical conversion coating for aluminum, painting for aluminum and steel, resistance welding of aluminum and steel, metal-to-metal joining, machining, sheet metal forming, assembly and components.
Noranco de México: company dedicated to the manufacture of sheet metal parts, CNC machining, chemical coatings, heat treatment for aluminum, liquid paint.
But what machinery are these companies using to manufacture aerospace parts?
In the case of the Cadence Aerospace company, in Sonora, the Haas brand predominates with 3, 4 and up to 5-axis machining centers for hard metals and aluminum, as well as two-axis lathes, which allow the company to produce its own parts such as hinges and motor supports with high precision machines such as the EC 500 that produces specialized parts in up to 4 hours, reducing times thanks to a good programming and design of the respective parts.

Similarly, in the same company, you can find two-axis Haas brand St-10 lathes, with a maximum speed of 6,000 rpm.

Currently most companies are investing in machining centers with computer aided manufacturing that calculates the displacements of the axes for the machining of the part and adds feed rates, speeds of turns and different cutting tools, which translates into lower costs, in addition to greater production capacity and speed of delivery.

This is how we find brands that provide CNC with these and other characteristics that are mainly focused on parts that today the aeronautical industry requires with greater precision in cutting or turning but that, in addition, allow any design for the landing gears, the turbines or special orders on the surface of the fuselages. Grob is one of the suppliers that currently generates this type of machine and has a good acceptance in the aerospace market. Just last year they placed in the north of the country and in the center five machines to make parts that go inside the turbines and harnesses in Boeign 737 aircraft, for example.

Similarly, other brands are present such as Viwa and its VCM1050M400 CNC that offers precision and quality for interior structures.

In almost all the processes of aerospace companies we have found vertical CNCs that help to manufacture molds and forming tools, as is the case with AAMEC, which also manufactures special parts for assembly requested by clients such as Safran, Dana, Dense or BRP.

This is how the industry grows and all contribute in the value chain to incorporate finishing, sharpening, forging, plating, among others, subject to rigorous environmental tests of magnetic particles, penetrating liquids and others. They also have certifications such as IS0 9000-2008, FAA, ITAR and NADCAP, and companies achieve the inclusion of brands in machinery with the aforementioned precision characteristics, mainly to achieve the exact and safe component that the aerospace industry requires.

The sector will not skimp on investments in the best applied technology from Asian or European brands that best suits its requirements. The future is practically defined. The industry reports ships with more than 18 years of use and in the next 10 years there will be a renovation process with figures that exceed 20,000 units, so work in the sector is assured in terms of investment and return on it. This is how we will continue to see constant growth in new companies incorporated into the supply chain, especially at levels of T2 and T1, focused on OEM's and obviously the market will be won by making parts that generate value for large companies, innovation , quality, service, maintenance and design contributions that in turn are transformed into substantial cost benefits for large companies.

Mexico plans to make a complete airplane in less than 10 years, that is, that all components, wings, fuselage, turbines, harnesses, landing gears, interior finishes, surface finishes and others are made in our country and, with the Opening of more than 300 companies around the industry can be achieved. For this, it is necessary for companies to continue to demonstrate being competitive and to develop their design and engineering capabilities, factors that have allowed Mexico to attract high-value projects with important international participants up to now.

 

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Government allocates funds to manufacture basic military trainer aircraft
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The project involves spending US $ 10,051,796 for materials and $ 439,705,272 for labor with specific assignments from the Ministry of Defense.

The Government decided to put money for the serial manufacture of the Malvina, a basic training plane for the Air Force. It is the IA-100 B which is an evolution of the IA-100 demonstrator designed by the Argentine Aircraft Factory (FAdeA). The IA-100, conceived between 2014 and 2015, was a two-seater aerobatic training aircraft. It was thought to satisfy the civil and military market but the contract was suspended in 2016 due to adjustments in the company's budget. Other voices add to the eternal scythe that falls on a project when the national government changes its party sign. In 2020 it was resurrected with a new version: IA 100-B and a push of 2.5 million dollars through a credit granted by the Institute of Financial Aid for the Payment of Retirements and Military Pensions (IAF) the pension fund of the uniformed men that it presided over. Guillermo Carmona. The credit supported the design processes to arrive at the prototype, it is known that FAdeA honors in time and form the 15-installment financing plan.

Administrative Decision No. 1199/2021 signed by the Chief of Staff, Juan Manzur and the Minister of Defense, Jorge Taiana approved the contractual operation and the direct award of the serial manufacturing project to the state aeronautical company located in the province of Córdoba . The contract is between the Ministry of Defense and FAdeA for a period ranging from 2021 to 2023. The project involves disbursing $ 10,051,796 for materials and $ 439,705,272 in labor with specific assignments from the Ministry of Defense.

 

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The companies behind the Halcón 2, the first plane made in Guanajuato
Horizontec and Grupo SSC, who are part of the aerospace sector, are the companies behind the first airplane totally made in Guanajuato.
by Abigail Carranza December 30, 2021 in Leaders

The companies behind the Halcón 2, the first plane made in Guanajuato

The Coordinadora de Fomento al Comercio Exterior (COFOCE) shows the history of the exporting companies Horizontec and Grupo SSC that are part of the aerospace sector of Guanajuato and who have carried out the creation of the first Guanajuato aircraft: Halcón 2.


It was described that Horizontec is a Mexican company, located in Celaya, which is dedicated to designing, developing and manufacturing aircraft with cutting-edge technology and advanced composite materials. They are the creators of the first plane made in Guanajuato, a project fully developed by Guanajuato that will be used for security and tourism issues.

“This product was really born out of a question of concern and the need to do something different. I did not understand why Mexico, although it has so much talent, did not have the possibility or there were no previous experiences that could detonate in this very important sector, which is aviation ”, mentioned Giovanni Angelucci, General Director of Horizontec.



Since 2014, Horizontec has developed this technological advance in aviation with the Falcon 1 and they are currently awaiting the certification of a light sport aircraft, that is, the Falcon 2 so that it can fly on a daily basis and begin with its mass production. .


For its part, for more than 30 years at Grupo SSC they have offered comprehensive engineering solutions in systems for industry, such as CATIA and ANSYS. They also collaborate with more than 200 universities in Mexico and Latin America, to train in topics of Simulation and Computer Design. This proudly Guanajuato company is located in San Miguel de Allende.
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We have done many projects throughout these years, in different industries, such as oil, automotive, aeronautics and energy, research centers and with universities. Thus, we saw the need for more education for our young Guanajuato in engineering and systems ”, commented Fernando Balderas, President of Grupo SSC.
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Juan Carlos Balderas, Director of Grupo SSC, argued that his company has had the opportunity to work with leaders in the aerospace industry installed in Mexico and in other countries such as Spain, France and Latin America, to mention some of his clients are General Electric, Bombardier , Aernnova, ITP Aero, Safran, among others.



 

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Sinaloa will have its first aerospace park
Fabiola Sánchez Almaraz
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Located north of Sinaloa, Mexico, MZT Aerospace Park has the mission of providing a modern high-tech infrastructure for the installation of international and national companies, as well as the vision of becoming the main aerospace industrial complex with a private mixed-use airfield in Latin America.


TopBrain Group, the investor and developer of the project, expects that 80 percent of the companies that settle in this industrial park will be international and have important commercial connections with the Asian market and with the countries that are part of the T-MEC.

"Precisely the Grupo Caxxor Corredor TMEC megaproject is in charge of the rail and maritime part of the project, in addition to the fact that Mexico already has land routes to transport goods in trucks, however, a factor was missing to be a large multimodal: infrastructure This is where we make sense in this project, to which we are going to add a three-kilometer-long landing strip, which will allow the arrival of transatlantic aircraft ", declares Lino Suárez Guzmán, co-founder of TopBrain Group and president of the Chapter Mazatlán of the Sinaloa Aerospace Cluster.

MZT Aerospace Park, a pioneer in the aerospace industry in Sinaloa, foresees an investment of 50 million dollars in its two phases. "TopBrain is the company that created the engineering and design of the aerospace park, in addition to making the investment for its construction. However, the runway will entail a greater investment that could reach 200 million dollars, since they are required platforms, control tower, communications equipment, among other infrastructure. That is why we have set aside the investment from the aerospace park and we are working on finding the right strategic partners to join the runway project ", says Lino Suárez Guzman.



He adds that in addition to allowing the arrival of transatlantic flights, the objective is that imports and exports are carried out from the private aerodrome of MZT Aerospace Park, and that Grupo Caxxor's logistics centers can operate near the port of Mazatlán, which will allow the unloading of containers and merchandise. towards a safe enclosure such as the aerospace park.

Likewise, he highlights that through MZT Aerospace Park they will be able to bring to Mexico advanced manufacturing equipment, as well as more and better jobs linked to the technology sector, of higher level and with better paid salaries. "It is an integral and social well-being that contributes to improving the environment in a very important way because we seek to bring manufacturing and not finished products. We need to create more manufacturing of the products that are marketed in Mexico and that will be ready for export to the world. Multinationals are looking for a safe, high-tech facility to locate their manufacturing facilities with high-tech and quality services, and that is precisely what we are building in the park. "

It is worth mentioning that the Aeronautical University in Querétaro (UNAQ) will open a campus in MZT Aerospace Park and they are also in talks with universities in the State of Sinaloa and those that belong to the Baja California Aerospace Cluster to form part of the aerospace park.

"The installation of groups of manufacturing companies demands not only engineers, but the largest critical mass that is in technicians of various vocations: electricians, mechanics, welders, personnel who can work the machining of the parts, etc. In that sense too We are working with a German group that has a high specialty in the subject of technical preparation for these formations. We also want to rescue lost trades, for example, cabinetmakers, who are artists; with this you open an opportunity for service ", expresses Suárez Guzmán .
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Flyox I will be manufactured in Mexico
The history of the MZT Aeroespace Park project began in Madrid, Spain, with three entrepreneurs: Luis Carrillo, Víctor García and Lino Suárez Guzmán.

"The project was born six years ago through one of our companies, Singular AirCraft, which developed the Flyox I, the remotely piloted seaplane that we need to produce. It was then that the three friends decided to create an alliance, so the Victor and my first mission was to find an enclosure in the world where we could install a 36,000 square meter industrial warehouse for the manufacture of the Flyox I, which had access to a private airstrip and was at sea level. aerospace clusters that exist in Mexico but we did not find the venue we were looking for with those characteristics, which led us to consider the idea of building it. This is how MZT Aeroespace Park arises to share it with the world ",
The Flyox I will be manufactured at MZT Aeroespace Park, so it will carry the Mexican flag and will be the first largest autonomous civil aircraft on the planet. "Its payload capacity is 1.8 tons, where 1.5 tons are converted into an extinguisher and the difference in fuel, runs on 95 octane gasoline like our cars. The Flyox I has an operating cost of $ 250 per hour. , which is very little, so you can use it to search for people, find them, detect them, launch a capsule with a raft and all the supplies inside or first aid items, as well as a GPS to launch a rescue ship. use to safeguard borders, for coastal surveillance, for oil issues, to take goods to inhospitable places, to fumigate, etc. It can land on land, mud, snow, mud or water, it is very versatile. Some governments in the world have been interested in the Flyox I for military issues, although it is not its main mission ", details Lino Suárez Guzmán.

In its basic format, the cost of Flyox I is 1.5 million euros and its value will increase according to the type of technology that customers want to incorporate. "Its payload capacity allows it to fly 24 hours non-stop, it can go from Mazatlán to Canada," emphasizes the president of the Mazatlán Chapter of the Sinaloa Aerospace Cluster.

The MZT Aeroespace Park project will start with a first phase of 68 hectares and in the second phase it will extend to 201 hectares, which includes the three-kilometer-long runway. "It was no longer just a small venue for Singular Aircraft, but for other companies in the world with the same characteristics that the Flyox I demands, that is why we grew to those dimensions, while we are learning from the aerospace industry. Our dream is that Mexico can have an enclosure where complete airplanes are built. Worldwide, Mexico is the fourteenth power in the aerospace field, but we are ranked six as suppliers to the United States aerospace industry; we manufacture from A to Z, from a simple and simple component to an airplane turbine, but that is exported, it is not finished being assembled in our country ", Suárez Guzmán emphasizes.

He foresees that the first phase of MZT Aeroespace Park will be completed in March 2022, while the second phase will conclude in 2023. "All the industrial properties that are not attached to the runway were sold in two months. And we are not only bringing industrial warehouses, also a hotel, shopping centers, a bus station for passengers, a high-tech hospital, a center for corporate offices and we are working to bring to Mexico the investment of some laboratories of the United States aerospace industry ".

The first anchor company in the aerospace park is Singular Aircraft, although there will also be aircraft maintenance and operation companies from the United States, considering that Mexico is a world power in private aircraft. "In the country we have an impressive fleet of aircraft, but many of them have to go abroad for maintenance, so bringing these maintenance centers to our country and to Mazatlan makes a lot of sense. We are also working with a very large group to We are looking to build a nano-satellite launch pad with two companies, one North American and the other Latin American, for the construction of nanosatellites; the aerospace park will be a small Cape Canaveral ", informs the co-founder of TopBrain Group.

MZT Aeroespace Park is open to high-tech companies, including those belonging to the automotive industry. "All new technologies require new production lines and this is where we make the aerospace park available. That is why we are designing a test car track and new developments in car and truck technologies. We are working with a European group on the design. of that track and we hope to have research infrastructure. We are also talking about T-MEC issues, with areas to have logistics centers, but obviously also high-tech manufacturing because we offer high-tech services, natural gas, telecommunications, water. , etc. ", adds Suárez Guzmán
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