Novaer

History

Established initially in São Paulo in 1998, the creation of NOVAER was motivated by the will of its founder, Luiz Paulo Junqueira, to start up and structure a business that could gradually execute engineering projects and manufacture aeronautical products. Thus, concentrated his efforts in the business of development and production of landing gear, a high-value aeronautical product, which know-how he already possessed.

From its foundation date to 2006, NOVAER has contributed to a number of aeronautical projects, some of which can be pointed out, such as the development of the landing gear and wings for the EV-20 Vantage aircraft, for the north American company Eviation Jets, and the development of a military aircraft designed for counterinsurgency operations (COIN).

In December 2006, NOVAER was hired by the Centro Logístico da Aeronáutica – CELOG to develop a new version for the T-27 Tucano landing gear to meet the maintenance needs of the Tucanos of Força Aérea Brasileira – FAB and Embraer’s clients. In September 2010 NOVAER signed a contract with CELOG to exploit the production and commercialization of the Tucano Landing Gear. NOVAER then started to produce and supply the complete Tucano Landing Gear or its parts and components to FAB, Embraer and other air forces that operate the Tucano.

In mid-2007, NOVAER identified an experimental acrobatic aircraft that demonstrated, by its exceptional aerodynamic characteristics, could be the proof of concept for the development of a new aircraft, with promising market perspectives. This experimental aircraft was the “K-51”, project by the renowned aeronautical designer, Mr. Joseph Kovács, whose creations include the very own T-25 Universal (primary trainer at FAB) and the T-27 Tucano (intermediate trainer at FAB), among others. In October 2007, NOVAER acquired the copyrights on the K-51 projects and Joseph Kovács joined the team of engineers at NOVAER.

In mid-2009, NOVAER started its actions to offer the development and supply of a new military trainer aircraft (provisionally named Project T-Xc), as a more modern and economical alternative to the replacement of T-25 Universal aircraft, used almost 40 years in the primary training of the cadets at Academia da Força Aérea Brasileira - AFA.

In February 2010, NOVAER constituted a consortium with the companies Winnstal and Flight Technologies (the T-Xc Consortium), and issued request for economical grant to the Financiadora de Estudos e Projetos (FINEP) Agency, to support the costs of developing an aircraft prototype, with primary and secondary structures made of carbon fiber, based on the proof of concept aircraft K-51 (the Project T-Xc). In June 2010, the T-Xc Consortium signed a Grant contract with FINEP, thus beginning the execution of Project T-Xc. Under referred contract, the T-Xc Consortium was compelled to make available their technical skills and meet a work plan approved by FINEP, for the implementation of Project T-Xc.

Also in mid-2010, NOVAER started its actions along with the Brazilian State of Santa Catarina looking to obtain investment resources, tax breaks and the necessary infrastructure for the implementation of a new aeronautical industry in Brazil, with the intent to explore the general aviation and defense market, having the T-Xc as its starting product.

In December 2011, NOVAER acquired the property rights over the projects and assets produced by Winnstal e Flight Technologies, within the Project T-Xc, becoming the exclusive owner of all the projects and goods resultants of Project T-Xc.

Early 2012 the Brazilian government launched a series of measures with the intent of leveraging the Brazilian military-industrial park, in special Law number 12.598, of March 22, 2012, that establishes special standards to the buying, hiring of defense system products, and the development of defense products and systems, provides rules for incentive to the strategic area of defense. Because of such measures and under guidance from the Ministry of Defense, from the Associação Brasileira das Indústrias de Materiais de Defesa e Segurança - ABIMDE and from the Associação das Industrias Aeroespaciais do Brasil - AIAB, NOVAER starts its actions to qualify itself as a Strategic Defense Company.

In August 2012 NOVAER signed investment contract with Santa Catarina investment company SC Parcerias.

In January 2013 NOVAER started manufacturing the first prototype of the Project T-Xc.

In March 2013 NOVAER attended the first meeting of the Unasur I Project, regarding the multinational development of a basic trainer aircraft that meets the requirements of south American Air Forces.

In July 2013 NOVAER transferred its headquarters to the Avibras I location, where the designing, engineering and administration offices were side by side with the prototype manufacturing plant.

In July 2013 NOVAER was admitted into the Inova Aero Defesa Act, being electable to receive grants and funding resources, focused on aeronautical innovation.

In December 2013 NOVAER was approved, under the Inova Aero Defesa Act, to receive funding resources to the development, certification and industrialization of the T-Xc and also for the development of the Landing Gears of the Unasur I.

In February 2014 NOVAER was classified by the Ministry of Defense as a Strategic Defense Company (Empresa Estratégica de Defesa – EED, under law 12.598 of 2012). The federal government grants this classification to companies that invest in technological and industrial development and foster local content in goods and services demanded by the country's defense sector.

In March 2014 NOVAER finished the manufacturing of its first protoype and celebrated the “roll-out” ceremony, in which the aircraft was presented to the public for the first time.

August 22nd 2014, was the day that the T-Xc prototype flew for the first time, accompanied by the K-51, aircraft that was used as body of proof for the development of the T-Xc.

In September 2014, NOVAER directors met with Brazil’s Defense Minister to inform on the status of the T-Xc project and its possible future applications.

In October 2014 attended the DCTA event where the prototype was exposed for the public audiences for the first time.

October 23rd 2014, was the prototype’s first in flight retraction and extension of landing gear, a very important step to the full assessment of the aircraft’s capabilities and the complete maneuvering envelope.

On December 4th 2014, NOVAER and the Brazilian Air Force Academy reedited recent history and, together, chose the official name of the military trainer version of Project T-Xc – and so was born the NOVAER SOVI.

In November, during the International Fair and Congress of Composites, the SOVI prototype won the “Excelence in Composite Award”, under “Best Technological Development”. On the official ceremony, it was praised for “demonstrating the great qualities of the advanced composite materials used in aircraft construction, which confer lightness and contribute to the optimal performance of the airplane”.

In June 2015 NOVAER met with the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Aldo Rebelo, who ensured support for the sector saying that the government “will work hard to make these planes, we will find the means for it. Brazil cannot pass up investments in this niche market.”

On June 24 th 2015, NOVAER was present at the congress meetings that discussed and launched the “Parliamentary Front for the Aeronautics and Space Industry of Brazil”, with the objective of defending the interests of the Brazilian companies of theses sectors.

In July 2015 NOVAER moved its operations to the CEV Business Center, in order to expand its operations for the development of the Sovi MTP.

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