The first complete aeronautical program in Portugal, the ATL-100, to develop, manufacture and operate a new light aircraft, is presented today, Friday, in Évora, in a partnership between CEiiA and the Brazilian company DESAER.
The ATL-100 Program results from a 'joint venture' between CEiiA – Center for Engineering and Product Development and DESAER and will be centered in the Alentejo city, which already hosts several companies in the aeronautics area, such as the two factories of Brazilian construction company Embraer.
“With this program, we want to definitively reinforce what is the national aeronautical pole in Évora, with the development of a complete and innovative program that allows us to create a new integrator from Portugal, for the industrialization and operation of new aircraft. generation ”, highlighted Miguel Braga, from the direction of CEiiA.
Roberto Figueiredo, shareholder of DESAER, considered that “this partnership, which adds complementary competences to the aerospace sector in Portugal and Brazil, in addition to being an important project for technological innovation and job creation in both countries, assumes even more relevance in a context of crisis in the sector caused by the pandemic ”of the covid-19.
The launching ceremony starts at 16:30, at the CEiiA premises in the Alentejo Science and Technology Park (PACT), with the ministers of Territorial Cohesion and Science, Technology and Higher Education attending the closing ceremony at 17:20, Ana Abrunhosa and Manuel Heitor.
This is the “first complete aeronautical program that goes from the development, industrialization and operation of new generation aircraft from Portugal”, highlighted the CEiiA, revealing that the country's “asset” to attract this initiative “results from the capacity created in the years in programs such as the KC-390 ”, Embraer's military aircraft.
In the KC-390, CEiiA was responsible with OGMA for three important aircraft structures, from the preliminary development phase, through manufacturing and until certification, for a total of more than 500 thousand engineering hours under the responsibility of that center.
The ATL-100 Program aims at "the development and industrialization of a new generation light aircraft for a short distance market".
The new light aircraft to be developed, manufactured and operated will be “multi-configurable for greater flexibility in the logistics of passengers and goods”, being designed “for lower operating costs and greater sustainability” and “foreseeing the evolution to a carbon neutral platform”, he added.
With a development schedule “to five years”, the program foresees the involvement of “more than 30 national and international companies and universities, namely linked to programs such as MIT”.
The promoters estimate that the program "has a direct impact of 1,200 qualified jobs" created in the Alentejo region, can be read in the statement.