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Monday, March 18, 2013

Embraer Signs Lease to Build A-29s at Jacksonville Airport

Embraer signed a 10-year lease on Friday to acquire a hangar at Jacksonville (Fla.) International Airport where it will build A-29 Super Tucano as part of its U.S. Air Force Light Air Support (LAS) contract.

The A-29 production facility is the first full-scale aircraft production facility to be located in Jacksonville. Embraer’s LAS contract is for aircraft that will be used by the Afghanistan air force as the United States prepares to withdraw its military presence from the country.

Beechcraft Corp. recently announced plans to file a protest with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) regarding the selection of the Super Tucano over its own AT-6 light attack aircraft. Embraer’s lease announcement is a sign that the protest will not have any impact on the LAS contract.

“We have been looking forward to the day that we can officially establish our presence in Jacksonville and we are ready to get to work,” said Gary Spulak, president of Embraer. “This important step is the first of many that will solidify the new partnership we have created between Embraer and the Jacksonville community.” More

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