The 22 May issue of Flight International has an in-depth report on one of the world's fastest-emerging aerospace economies, Brazil. The country, of course, is famous for spawning Embraer, a company that in a few decades evolved from a one-model manufacturer to the world's third largest airframer. But there is lots more to Brazilian aviation than its biggest company. The package includes a feature on Eurocopter subsidiary Helibras, Brazil's other OEM, and on CAE, which is expanding its simulator centre footprint in the country to meet surging demand for pilot training. It also looks at how the country's small aerospace manufacturers are moving up the value chain in a bid to participate in two key projects: the KC-390 tanker/transport being developed by Embraer and an all-Brazilian helicopter planned by Helibras.
Also in the issue, we report from an exciting EBACE in Geneva, where there were launches and technology advances aplenty, despite the gloom in the business aviation sector.
There is the latest on the inquiry into the Sukhoi Superjet crash in Indonesia, the Airbus A380 wing fix, and Saudi Arabia's decision to buy Pilatus PC-21s as lead-in trainers. Plus: why French investigators are advising that simulator training should incorporate shock effects.