Jabiru Brazil has begun constructing a facility in Maricá, Rio de Janeiro, to assemble the J100/200/400 series designed by Australian light aircraft and engine manufacturer Jabiru. Airframes will be shipped from Australia to Brazil under an agreement finalised this year.

Jabiru Brazil, which is backed by oil industry equipment manufacturer Cimatel, will supply the aircraft to local customers, and is targeting Latin America, the USA and Canada.

The company plans to assemble up to four aircraft a month in 2007, ramping up to 10 a month by 2009. Claudio Nunes, who heads Jabiru Brazil, says the company is negotiating a licence agreement to build Jabiru's entire line of sports and ultra-light aircraft and its lightweight engines.

Source: Flight International