Brazil aircraft manufacturer Embraer is set to establish a new training center at O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg.
The Training Centre will open in the first half of 2018 and will be the first facility of its kind in Africa to provide this range of training all under one roof, for qualified pilots, maintenance technicians, and cabin crew.
The Training Centre will be equipped with an E-Jets Full Flight Simulator, four Flight Management System Simulators, a door trainer, and an over wing trainer to deliver pilot training and ground school, engineering courses, and E-Jet familiarization training for cabin crew. When fully operational, the center will be able to train around 2000 aerospace professionals a year. Flight crew and engineering technicians from Embraer operators such as Airlink, the center’s anchor and launch customer, and others from across the region and beyond, will be trained at the new facility.
The training of new aviation professionals to address the critical skills shortages experienced in the region’s aviation environment will be a key catalyst in releasing the huge potential of the continent’s underdeveloped aerospace sector. The Training Center in Johannesburg joins existing Embraer facilities in São Jose dos Campos (Brazil), Nashville Tn. (U.S.A.), and at OGMA near Lisbon (Portugal). The company also works with other training providers across the globe. Embraer aircraft have been operating in Africa since 1978, when the first Bandeirante turboprop arrived on the continent. Currently, there are 150 Embraer aircraft in operation with 43 airlines in 22 African countries, performing a vital role in connectivity.
About the company
Embraer is a global company headquartered in Brazil with businesses in commercial and executive aviation, defense & security. The company designs, develops, manufactures and markets aircraft and systems, providing customer support and services. Since it was founded in 1969, Embraer has delivered more than 8,000 aircraft. About every 10 seconds an aircraft manufactured by Embraer takes off somewhere in the world, transporting over 145 million passengers a year. Embraer is the leading manufacturer of commercial jets up to 130 seats. The company maintains industrial units, offices, service and parts distribution centers, among other activities, across the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.