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06/25/2015 - NOVAER attended the launch of the Parliamentary Front for Aeronautics and Space Industry of Brazil

The CEO of NOVAER, Graciliano Campos, and the Chairman of the Board, Paulo Junqueira, went to Brasilia on Wednesday (24/06) to participate and support the launch of the Parliamentary Front for Aeronautics and Space Industry, with the objective of defending the interests of this sector's companies based in Brazil. Composed of 252 deputies, the front will have as president, in this legislature, Congressman Jose Stedile, from the Rio Grande do Sul PSB, and will discuss issues such as technology and investments in the sector.

During the launch, parliamentarians and representatives of public and private entities stressed the importance of a sector considered strategic for the sovereignty of a country, but hampered by lack of investment in research and technology. Jose Stedile listed the challenges: "We need to face the problem of taxation and problems of exemption of the payroll. We need to solve the lack of government investment in technology in this sector."

Vice Presidents of the Front, the deputies Eduardo Cury (PSDB-SP) and Flavinho (PSB-SP) are of Sao Jose dos Campos region, the largest center of the aerospace industry in the country (the state of São Paulo has 99 of the 136 companies in its territory). Flavinho said he was honored to be able to defend not just a matter of companies working to leverage new technology, but also leveraging the armed forces, in the development of technologies. "The armed forces further develop these technologies in the defense of our country and then they are also turned into products that affect the population in a very positive way," he said.

The parliamentarian said that the idea of ​​the Front is to defend technological innovation so that the country can take a leap in technology. "This way the population, which is the end of it all, can receive services with even greater quality, such as in healthcare and many others that can be achieved by technological development."


Source: Internal News

06/11/2015 - Minister assures support for NOVAER’s factory in Santa Catarina

With the presence of SCPar’s President Paulo César da Costa and the Governor of SC Raimundo Colombo, NOVAER had a meeting in the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and, at the time, received the support of Minister Aldo Rebelo to implement its aircraft factory in the state of Santa Catarina. According to him, the Ministry will do everything in its power to facilitate the disputes that prevent the installation of the small aircraft factory. "We will work to make these aircraft, we will find the means to do so. Brazil cannot pass up investments in this niche market", he said.

The intention of NOVAER is to commercially produce the T-Xc, a carbon fiber aircraft for two occupants in the military category and four occupants in the civil category. The prototype has already made its first flight in August 2014 and is currently being tested, to prove the estimated performance values. "We are in the final stretch to produce these aircraft in Santa Catarina. It is a phenomenal project and now we have taken another important step toward building the factory. It is a significant gain in technology to the state, which owns the best mechanical engineering course in the country", said Colombo.

The T-Xc project has support from the Federal Government, via economic support from the Financier of Studies and Projects (Finep / MCTI). In 2012, the state of Santa Catarina became a partner of the company, via its company SCPar, owning 22% of the shares. However, to follow up the next steps of the process (certification and industrialization), NOVAER waits for the clearance of the "Finep 30 days" loan, which is already approved, but requires a bank letter of warranty as collateral, which prevents it from obtaining the resource, because it is a pre-operating company.


Source: Internal News

NOVAER attended LAAD 2015

NOVAER, with support from ABIMDE, attended the LAAD Defense & Security - International Defense and Security fair, held in Rio de Janeiro, between April 14th and 17th, 2015. LAAD is one of the most important fairs of the defense and security sector and brings together, biennially, Brazilian and international companies specialized in providing the most diverse equipment, services and technologies for the Air Force, Army, Navy, Police, Special Forces and government agencies.


Source: Internal News

NOVAER attended IDEX 2015

NOVAER, with support from ABIMDE and APEX Brazil, attended the International Defense Exhibition & Conference, a trade fair focused in the defense market held in Abu Dhabi, between February 22nd and 26th 2015. IDEX, one of the largest defense fairs of the world, attracted more than 1,200 companies of different sizes, from more than 60 countries.


Source: Internal News


December 11th, 2014 - NOVAER Receives "Excellence in Composites" Award

During the event FEIPLAR COMPOSITES & FEIPUR 2014 (International Fair and Congress on Composites, Polyurethane and Engineering Plastics), held in November in the city of Sao Paulo, the winners of the Excellence Award were announced. Promoted by the magazine Composites & Engineering Plastics, the award aims to highlight, promote and honor the best developments of the composites industry in Latin America.

The President of the NOVAER Council, Paulo Junqueira, was present at the event to receive, from Oscar Schmidt, the trophy of the category 'Best Technological Development' which was won by the NOVAER aircraft. The first prototype of the T-Xc Project demonstrates the great qualities of the advanced composite materials used in aircraft construction, which give lightness and contribute to the optimal performance of the airplane.


Source: Internal News


Last Thursday (12/04) the official name of the military training version of the T-Xc was released – The NOVAER SOVI is born



Like the current trainer of the Brazilian Air Force Academy (AFA), the T-27 Tucano, the choice of the NOVAER aircraft’s name was defined through a contest involving all the employees of the AFA. The idea of the competition came both to honor the aviators and students of the Academy, as well as to remember a tradition started in the 80s, when it fell to the AFA’s effective to choose the name of the, today world-renowned, Tucano.

In all, there were more than 200 suggestions of names for NOVAER’s new trainer, alluding to different themes, and the choice of the winning name was held by the company after a careful analysis that took into account the sound, originality and the non existence of similar names in the aircraft market.

SOVI is a genuinely Brazilian bird, from the hawk family. Its scientific name, Ictinea plumbea, means "Lead-colored Hawk", which refers to the color of the carbon fiber used in the aircraft production. In addition to that, its wing feathers are orange in color, which refers to the color usually used air forces training, including the Brazilian Air Force Academy.

Like the NOVAER aircraft, the SOVI is a medium-sized, lightweight hawk, agile, aggressive and with territorial habits, which is an interesting parallel to military aviation and the expected characteristics of a fighter pilot.

The name revelation ceremony took place on Thursday (12/04), in the Hall of Command of the Air Force Academy in Pirassununga, and had the distinguished presence of the AFA Commander, Air Brigadier Carlos Eduardo da Costa Almeida and the fifteen finalists, including officers, cadets and sergeants, who contributed with significant suggestions.

At the end of the ceremony, the name of NOVAER’s military training aircraft was revealed and the two winners of the contest, which coincidentally suggested the same name, were awarded. The winners are, Lieutenant Colonel Marcelo Cardoso GOBETT and First Lieutenant Aviator Thiago Romeiro CAPUCHINHO.

NOVAER thanks the Brazilian Air Force and the Air Force Academy for the support and encouragement of this contest, which allowed us to re-edit the story and represents another step towards the journey that this genuinely Brazilian aircraft is covering to hit the skies of Brazil and the world.



Source: Internal News

October 24th, 2014 - T-Xc makes its first in flight landing gear retraction

NOVAER's T-Xc aircraft made yesterday, thursday October 23rd, its first retraction and extension of landing gear during a flight. 

NOVAER's staff and technical board had been all morning in São José dos Campos' flying club, where the aircraft took off. After following the flight, the team declared themselves satisfied with the results. 

See the video that was made on that beautiful morning and also subscribe to our YouTube channel!

Source: Internal News

October 23rd, 2014 - FAB delivers title of Commendator to Joseph Kovacs

October 23rd is a significant date to the Brazilian aeronautic, for it represents the “Day of the Aviator” and the “Day of the Brazilian Air Force”, alluding to the first flight of Santos Dumont with the 14 BIS. Therefore this Thursday, FAB held events in Brasília and São José dos Campos to deliver the medal of the Order of Aeronautical Merit, the highest honorary distinction from the Air Force Command.

And it is with great honor and joy that NOVAER reports that the engineer and designer Joseph Kovacs attended the event which took place at the premises of the DCTA and, on that occasion, was awarded a promotion in the Graduates Special Corps of the Order of Aeronautical Merit, having been raised to the rank of Commendator, a commendation he received from the hands of Aeronautic Commander, Juniti Saito.

NOVAER shares the recognition of the unique contributions of Eng. Kovacs for the Brazilian Aeronautics and feels grateful once again for his valuable contribution to our company. We are proud and honored to have him as part of our team.

Congratulations, "Zé"!


Source: Internal News

October 20th, 2014 - NOVAER participates in the event “DCTA Open Gates 2014”

This Sunday, October 19th, the Department of Aerospace Science and Technology (DCTA) has opened its gates to receive the São José dos Campos community and show a little of the work of the DCTA and the Brazilian Air Force (FAB). The event gathered hundreds of families and brought to the public a series of entertainment, including the exhibition of airplanes and helicopters, flight presentations and skydiving, among many other cultural attractions.

NOVAER, from an honorable invitation of the DCTA’s managment, was present alongside the FAB’s aircraft displaying the T-Xc prototype, which is in full flight test campaign.


Source: Internal News

October 9th, 2014 - NOVAER is on the Social Networks

NOVAER is strengthening its presence in the social networks!

With the maturity of the T-Xc Project and a growing evidence of the company before the general public, especially aviation enthusiasts, NOVAER feels that it has a responsibility to communicate even better its ideas and news. Thus was created a new means of direct communication between NOVAER and the digital world.

If you haven’t seen NOVAER’s pages on YouTube and Facebook, use the buttons at the top of the page or the links below to visit them. Like it, subscribe and help to spread this new virtual space for General Aviation enthusiasts!


Source: Internal News

September 29th, 2014 - Brazilian Minister of Defense Receives NOVAER in Brasília

Brazil’s Defense Minister, Hon. Mr. Celso Amorim, received NOVAER executives and representatives of the State of Santa Catarina and was informed on the status of the T-Xc program, which has the support of the Federal Government via FINEP, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and the State of Santa Catarina, through the company SC Partnerships and Investments SA.

On that occasion, NOVAER reported the excellent results obtained in the flight test campaign that’s being conducted along with the Department of Aerospace Science and Technology - DCTA, in São José dos Campos – SP; and the signing of the contract with FINEP-ITA - Aeronautical Technological Institute - where structural tests will be performed during the certification campaign.

The company also demonstrated the variety of products that can emerge from the same platform, for example, an aero medical version suited for rescue and transportation in hostile regions or for harvesting of organs for transplant, a small load transporter or liaison aircraft to be used by the armed forces, and a turboprop military trainer with ejection seats (T-Xc MTP), aside from the known civilian transport version (with ballistic parachute) and the primary-basic military trainer, which NOVAER intends to offer to the Brazilian Air Force and other air forces of the continent and the world.

Attended the event the holder of the Secretary of Defense Products of the MD, Mr. Murilo Marques Barboza, Director of the Department of Defense Products of the MD, Major Brig. José Euclides da Silva Gonçalves, Secretary of National Articulation of the State of Santa Catarina, Mrs. Lourdes Martini, President of the NOVAER Board of Directors, Paulo Junqueira, the CEO of the company, Graciliano Campos, and the Director for the Defense Sector, Geraldo Ferreira da Silva.


Below are some illustrations of the diversity of the T-Xc. 



Source: Internal News

September 19th, 2014 – NOVAER Willing to Evaluate Components Suppliers in South America

(CLIPPING: Javier Bonilla) According to Paulo Campos, marketing analyst at the company, "at NOVAER, we understand the need to help foster the growth of a new supply chain, of both parts and services, adapted to our regional need in southern Brazil. Therefore, NOVAER is very willing to consider smaller suppliers, and even new entrants, both in the Brazilian market and in South America."

Campos also spoke about the difficulty of obtaining qualification and certification to supply parts for the aerospace market, noting that "NOVAER is more than willing to assist suppliers who wish to be part of our supply chain, with training, follow up and even transfer of technology for those suppliers able to absorb the higher demands of the company."

The company, which in coming months will be based in the city of Lages, develops the military trainer T-Xc, its civilian version U-Xc and new landing gear of the T-27 Tucano, among other projects.

What’s most interesting to the possible new suppliers is the fact that, a few weeks ago, the company was officially classified as a Strategic Defense Company, which means many fiscal, bureaucratic, academic and credit advantages within Brazil.



September 16th, 2014 – NOVAER receives the visit of Engineer Ozires Silva

Due to the last visits and encounters promoted, we would like to remember another important visit that occurred this year. Already in the final stages of the prototype assembly, NOVAER received a visit of the renowned Engineer Ozires Silva to, among other things, talk about the characteristics of the T-Xc project and its status, and discuss production processes, aerodynamic concepts and strategies for the future. This inspiring visit left us with many good things, among them the wise advices of someone who has gone on a huge entrepreneurship adventure in Brazil, founding EMBRAER back in the 70’s.

“It’s not enough to dream big, you have to dream huge and believe in it always, because those who never gave up and continued to push forward were never caught up with.”

We shall follow your advices to the letter!

Source: Internal News

September 15th, 2014 – NOVAER Signs Agreement with ITA for certification activities of the T-Xc

Continuing to pursue the activities following the construction of its first prototype, NOVAER reports that this week it has celebrated a subsidy agreement (“ICT-Company”) with ITA and FINEP to begin the stages of structural tests related to the certification process of the T-Xc aircraft. This materializes the implementation of the tripartite technological development model, involving business, government and universities, in alignment with the National Defense Strategy and the objectives of the “INOVA AERO-DEFENCE” government program.

Source: Internal News

September 12th, 2014 – “Mr. Zé” Kovacs fulfills his promise and gives his beard to the NOVAER team

After the first flight of the T-Xc prototype, the “youngest son” designed by him, Joseph Kovacs, affectionately  called by the very Brazilian nickname “Mr. Zé” Kovacs, fulfilled his promise, and his old tradition of cutting his long and respectful beard. To explain a little bit better what took place that day at NOVAER, we have to go back more than 30 years in time to tell a story narrated by himself in the book “Stories of our History”, from 2003.

It was the year 1979 and Mr. Zé told us that after “15 years of lobby pro turbo trainer, when we had already lost hope, at last the contract for the development of two EMB-312 (T-27 “Tucano”) came through. The project officially started at the beginning of 1979 and, as usual, the first flight was scheduled to August 19 of the following year, leaving us with an enormous amount of work to be done in a year and a half. The planning and programming had started from end to beginning.”

“The work had started but was moving at a slow pace for many reasons”, he told us, “Eu, program coordinator, had all the responsibility but not total liberty of action to help amend this situation. I asked the Technical Director to go by the work places daily, showing his authority and interest in the project. I went as far as to track engineering drawings sent to production, only to find out some of them were being lost in the bureaucracy. I even suggested we skipped the wind tunnel stages (claiming my previous experience in the matter).”

But it was only after Kovacs met the engineer Domingos Regino, that the solution to his deadline issue came up. Regino was the leading engineer on the manufacturing and assembly team, consisting of about 120 people and, therefore, the person who personally led the construction of the prototype. “Sergeants win the battles and they need incentives”, though Kovacs, and at the next meeting he asked:

“I don’t think you can build the prototype in time. In fact, I’m even willing to place a bet on it: two boxes of whisky, one scotch and one national, of the best quality.”
“We accept the bet, but we want more. We also want your beard!” answered Regino.

“I liked that reaction, because I felt they were taking the bet seriously. The assembly team never mentioned the whisky again. All they wanted was my beard and, for that, they work day and night and countless extra hours. In the end, they set up a barber shop on a timber scaffold above the assembly hall! Everyone, including the shiest employees, shaved a piece of my beard. Naturally, I was more than happy with how it all turned out, not only because we met our goal, but because I think they all became my friends, and I theirs. Never before had I spent so much on whisky for such a noble cause.”

Since then, Mr. Zé Kovacs made that one of his rituals, one of the traditions that accompanies him through his aeronautic carrer. Any time a project he is involved in makes its debut flight he cuts his long and respectful beard. Being that way, it couldn’t be any different with the T-Xc Project, especially when it’s an aircraft based on his own design, which carries his signature and his fingerprint. On the week that followed the first flight of his “youngest and most modern son”, Mr. Zé Kovacs went to work almost as if it were a normal day, but with an electric shaver and a towel in hand. The NOVAER Barber Shop was set up in the projects room and, as tradition dictates, even the shiest employees shaved a piece of the beard.


We would also like to reproduce here the note, given to him by the EMB-312 team, back in 1980, and reinforce our never ending admiration, gratitude and respect for this gentleman that, simply moved by his passion to fly, inspired so many people and help consolidate the Brazilian aeronautic industry.


“Your capability made us all your applied disciples. Your dedication gave us all more strength; your captivating charisma dug out our tiredness and your geniality and stubbornness provided us, with all respect, the delight, the pleasure and the honor to officially shave your long and respectful beard.”




Source: Internal News

September 5th, 2014 – Brazilian Air Force Commander meets with NOVAER 

On September 2nd, NOVAER representatives met with the Commander of the Brazilian Air Force LT. Brig. Juniti Saito to present an updated status of the T-Xc program, reporting the completion of the prototype and the first successful flight of the aircraft, which occurred on August 22. On that occasion, NOVAER also presented the first data obtained in the flight test campaign that is occurring among the military installations of the Department of Aerospace Science and Technology (DCTA), in São José dos Campos, SP and the next steps, which are the certification and industrialization of the civilian and military versions of the aircraft.

Present at the meeting were the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Paulo Junqueira and NOVAER’s CEO, Graciliano Campos. Along with them were His Excellency, Federal Deputy for Santa Catarina, Mr. Onofre Agostini, and the Secretary of National Articulation, Mrs. Lourdes Martini, and the President of SC Holdings and Partnerships, Mr. Paulo César da Costa.


Source: Internal News

Images: Sgt. Batista/CECOMSAER

September 4th, 2014 – Brazil’s Defense Minister visits Novaer’s stand at the 3rd Brazil Defense Expo

Novaer informs that it has received, last Tuesday (September 2nd) at the opening of the 3rd Brazil Defense Expo, the illustrious visit of the Brazil’s Minister of Defense, his Excellency Mr. Celso Amorim. At that time the company informed about the T-Xc prototype’s first flight, which took place August 22nd, and present the footage of that debut flight. It was also the opportunity to update the minister  about the program’s status and, specially, about the flight test campaign.


Source: Internal News

Images: Jorge Luiz Cardoso/Ascom/MD

August 29th, 2014 – Vice-President visits Novaer’s T-Xc aircraft Prototype

Novaer is proud to inform that it has received this Tuesday, 28th of August, the illustrious visit of Vice-President the Republic, Mr. Michel Temer. At that time, the company had the chance to present the prototype of the T-Xc aircraft at the military hangar of the DCTA.

The visit received this afternoon crowns the initiative of the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation which, through FINEP, has honored its commitment to foster entrepreneurship by giving Novaer, over the past four years, features of economic subsidy, allowing the Brazilian company to develop an aircraft using some of the most modern materials and processes in the world, including fully carbon fiber primary and secondary structures.

It also reinforces the importance of the initiative of the State of Santa Catarina that, in 2012, believed in the potential of the project, associating themselves with the company through its partnership entity, SC Investments and Partnerships - SCPar.

Novaer intends to offer the product to the Defense market, as a primary-basic military trainer, and to the civilian market, with a four place utility (transport) version and instruction for flight schools.

According to the the company CEO, Graciliano Campos, the next steps are the certification and industrialization of the aircraft.


Source: Internal News

Images: Lucas Marco/Ascom/MD

August 22nd, 2014 - Novaer is proud to announce the first flight of the T-Xc prototype


The T-Xc prototype manufactured by Novaer Craft made its debut flight today, August 22nd, 2014. The aircraft took off at 11:30 AM from the São José dos Campos airport (SBSJ). The T-Xc, based on the project of the acrobatic aircraft K-51 by the legendary designer Joseph Kovács, was flown on this debut flight by his son Otávio Kovács. “The aircraft demonstrated to be very docile, and at the same time, very agile in its responses to command, very similar to the K-51”, declared Otávio at the end of the flight.

In the last couple of weeks the aircraft made engine run-ups, taxis, runway tests and other ground tests in order to validate the final adjustments and calibrations. After the first flight, begins the flight tests campaign, in which the aircraft will gradually develop increasingly higher speeds and expand its maneuver envelope.

“We are very proud of this achievement, which belongs the whole team. I wish to congratulate everyone in our team for having reached this landmark”, declared Graciliano Campos, Novaer CEO.

The gallery can be found at:

Source: Internal News


August 5th, 2014 - Novaer receives the Certificate of Strategic Defense Company 

Attending the event at the headquarters of the Defense Ministry in Brasilia were the CEO of Novaer, Graciliano Campos, and the members of the Board of Directors, Paulo Cesar da Costa and Paulo Junqueira, to receive from the Director of the Department of Defense Products, Major Brig. Jose Euclides da Silva Gonçalves, the certificate of Strategic Defense Company. Also present at the event were civilian and military authorities such as Colonel Grossi and Colonel Fabio Madioli and the Executive Secretary of National Coordination of the State of Santa Catarina, Mrs. Lourdes Coradi Martini.


Source: Internal News

May 26th, 2014 - Novaer publishes video of First Engine Run

Novaer published in its YouTube Channel a video showing the first engine run of the T-Xc prototype. The aircraft's engine is a Lycoming AEIO-580, of 315 SHP, and the video can been seen at:

Power Excursions:




Source: Internal News

April 25th, 2014 - Novaer is Certified as a Strategic Defense Company 

Novaer is certified by the Ministry of Defense as a “Strategic Defense Company – EED”, as specified on the law 12.598 from 2012. The certification was approved during a regular meeting by the CMID – Mixed Commission of Defense Industries, and is awarded by the Federal Government for companies that invest in the technological and industrial development and promote national content in the goods and services demanded by the country’s Defense sector.

To plead their classification as EED, companies must prove, among other things, that they have their own scientific and technological knowledge and that the company aims, in its bylaws, to pursue or conduct activities of research, design, development, and manufacturing or to provide services involving the Defense Strategic Products (PED). The Strategic Defense Products, in turn, are all goods, services, works or information geared towards the defense sector and that, because of its technological content, difficulty in obtaining or the indispensability, are of strategic importance for National Defense.


Oficial Federal Gazette (page 33)

April 7th, 2014 - Novaer Rolls Out its First Prototype

Novaer held last week, on March 31st, the Roll Out ceremony for the T-Xc aircraft’s first prototype. The event, which took place in the very own hangar where the aircraft was built, was attended by military officials, civilian authorities, Novaer employees, and partners on the project.

The prototype aircraft developed by Novaer has its primary and secondary structures produced entirely out of carbon fiber, and was produced with the support of the FINEP subvention program and the partnership of the government of Santa Catarina. The T-Xc, a dual-use aircraft, is based on the project of the legendary aircraft designer Joseph Kovacs, and was presented to the public "dressed" in its utility version painting.

See below some photos and news about the ceremony:









Source: Internal News

Repercussion: Latin American Aviation Historical Society

March 24th, 2014 - Novaer receives the visit of Engineer Ozires Silva 

In the first week of March, at its facilities in São José dos Campos, Novaer received a visit of the renowned Engineer Ozires Silva to, among other things, talk about the characteristics of the T-Xc project and its status, and discuss production processes, aerodynamic concepts and strategies for the future.

Born in Bauru, in 1931, Silva was colonel at the Brazilian Air Forces, graduated in 1962, earned a Master's degree in Aeronautical Science from the California Institute of Technology, in 1966 . Soon after, in 1970, became the first president of Embraer. Over the course of the next 17 years he transformed the company into one of largest aerospace corporations in the world. In 1986 he was president of Petrobras. In 1990 he served as Minister of Infrastructure and in 1991 returned to Embraer, to participate effectively in the process of privatization of the company.

Chief engineer of the team that designed and built the Bandeirante aircraft, Ozires was not only a person of great skill in his profession, but also an edifying example of the Brazilian entrepreneurship. Always dreaming of flying higher and believing in the capabilities of Brazil, the Engineer Ozires Silva is an example of Brazilian citizen and a reference for all who seek to undertake in Brazil, especially in the field of innovation and aeronautics.



Source: Internal News

February 28th, 2014 - Novaer was approved at Inova Aerodefesa

The Brazilian government’s support plan, called “Inova Aerodefesa” is an initiative of FINEP, BNDES, Ministry of Defence and the Brazilian Space Agency to support the sectors Aerospace, Defence and Security. Through the plan, were selected Brazilian companies’ Business Plans committed to research topics, development and innovation of the productive chains of these sectors were selected.

On February 25 FINEP released the final result of the plan and Novaer fell within the "Category 1" (Aerospace) and was approved in the modalities: Refundable, Economic Subsidy and ICT/Company Cooperation, together with the CERTI Foundation and ITA.


Source: FINEP

February 26th, 2014 - Novaer Will be at FIDAE 2014

The International Air and Space Fair (FIDAE) is the oldest fair in the sector in South America, with over 35 years of history. The event takes place every two years in Santiago, Chile, and in 2014 will feature 7 pavilions, 31 chalets and an area of over 10,000 m² for its more than 500 companies to exhibit their products, hold meetings and find new business opportunities.

Novaer, just as it has been doing in the past editions of the fair, will mark its presence in FIDAE 2014 with a stand at the Brazil Pavilion and will bring the latest photos, videos and news about the production of the test prototypes and certification of the T-Xc aircraft.


Come visit Novaer at the Brazil Pavilion at FIDAE 2014!


Source: Internal News

February 20th, 2014 - Novaer starts systems installation on the T-Xc prototype

After the static test of the wings of the T-Xc was successfully completed, last January 30th, Novaer proceeded to execute the assembly of the main landing gear in the wing. The landing gear, designed and developed by Novaer specifically for this aircraft, is now also in the final assembly process and the two legs of the main landing gear are already integrated in the wing.

The mating of the wings with the fuselage was completed on February 17th and now Novaer has started the installation of the flight control systems in the fuselage and the hydraulic actuation system of the landing gear on the prototype.

The engine installation is being performed in the engineering mock-up of the aircraft, where are already installed the engine cradle, its hoses and exhaust pipe, all assembled in their final configuration, which will be transferred to the prototype next week. The surfaces of the rudder, stabilizer, elevator and ailerons have been painted and are being installed, after determining their balance weights.



Source: Internal News


February 3rd, 2014 - Completed the Static Load Test of the T-Xc Wing

The static test of the wing of the T-Xc prototype was completed on January 30 at the Novaer facilities. The main objective of this test was to validate the models used for calculation of all the structural elements of the wing. For this validation, strain gages were installed in positions most critical and significant of the wing, allowing the results found and recorded for the stresses at these points to be compared with the values that had been theoretically calculated, with the use of computational resources.

To perform the test in question, the wing was set on an easel built especially for this purpose, and the loading was processed in stages, with the deposition of weights on predetermined wing stations, thus providing a distribution of loads on the wing equivalent to that which will occur in flight, in a condition of load factor equal to 5G. The figures given by strain gages were continuously monitored and recorded at each step. Additionally, were also checked the modules of wing stiffness in bending and in torsion.

So it is with great pride that Novaer hereby announces that the wing tests were successful and that the wing is fully able to use in flight, which is the completion of another stage in the production of the T-Xc prototype, an important milestone in the history of the company and the Brazilian General Aviation.




Check out the video on our YouTube channel:


Source: Internal News

January 29th, 2014 - Brazilian General Aviation fleet grows 6.7% in 2012

According to the Brazilian General Aviation Association, ABAG, the fleet of GA aircraft in Brazil grew 6.7 % in 2012, totaling 13,965 aircraft, growth 0.3% higher than in the previous year. In the year 2012, were added to the fleet 878 aircraft, including 253 new and 625 used ones. Such figures demonstrate that this year followed the tendency of the last decade, especially since 2008, when the Brazilian General Aviation fleet started presenting a stronger growth.

Another relevant analysis concerns the value of the fleet. In 2011 the Brazilian General Aviation fleet was valued at U.S. $ 11,506,345,250.00. Considering the new aircraft, used, change of category, valuation, depreciation and the balance of reclassified and canceled aircraft, the value of the 2012 fleet had a percentage increase of 16 % and valued at US$ 13,358,648,610.00.

Analyzing the composition of the Brazilian aircraft fleet in its total, single engine piston aircraft have the largest share in the fleet in absolute numbers, with a total of 8,008 aircraft in 2012, representing a growth of 5% from the previous year. If, on the other hand, the market values for each aircraft type are analyzed, the single engine piston occupy the fourth position, with a fleet assessed in 2012, totaling U.S. $ 997,134,610 - 7% more than in 2011. Therefore it demonstrates that the General Aviation and single engine piston markets remain promising in Brazil.

Source: Brazilian General Aviation Report 2013 - ABAG

November 29th, 2013 - Novaer T-Xc prototype manufacturing status

Novaer informs that all primary parts for the T-Xc prototype are manufactured, as well as many of its structural sub-assemblies. Among the parts and sub-assemblies that are ready for assembly are all the control surfaces, the tail cone and structural parts of the fuselage of the first prototype of its aircraft, the single engine civil transport and aerobatic military trainer, T-Xc. The manufacture of the first prototype is fully in the assembly phase, in which the bonding of the sub-assemblies and integration of the systems are made.

The activities currently underway are the bonding of the ribs on the wings (the main spar is already bonded), installation of the systems and control surfaces on the wings and on the empenage. The next steps will be the bonding of the caves, installation of the systems in the fuselage, limit load testing on the wings, mating the center fuselage with the tail cone and the wing-fuselage mating. At the end of the process, the equipment will then be installed (engine, electrical systems, avionics and instruments, flight controls) in preparation for the ground and flight tests.

The images bellow illustrate the ongoing activities.




Source: Internal News

August 29th, 2013 - Novaer informs the change of address of its São José dos Campos facility

Every change involves risks and challenges. However, change is fundamental to the growth and development of people and organizations. For Novaer has been no different. With the progress of project activities and the development of our new aircraft, it became necessary to find a larger and more adapted space, where we could accommodate, not only our engineering and administrative activities, but also those associated with the manufacturing and final assembly of the first prototype.

In August, Novaer transferred its activities from the Technological Park at Univap to the Business Condominium at Avibras in a building with enough room for engineering and administration activities, combined with a hangar that perfectly meets the needs of the manufacturing and assembly of the prototype. According to the Administration and Finance Director Matheus Junqueira, responsible for the moving in the record time of a weekend, the challenge was great, but everyone's participation was a key factor so that this change would not affect the schedule of the prototype. "We are working with a very tight schedule and it was important that the process of change did not get in the way of the daily activities at Novaer. So our biggest challenge was, in just one weekend, making the physical change of the prototype and its parts for assembly in the new hangar, not to mention the moving of our office, our computer network and its servers, which were shut down Friday and needed to be installed and configured to work fully right on Monday."

For the Technical Director Plinio Junqueira "the advantages of this shift to Novaer go beyond obtaining adequate space for the assembly of the prototype. We had the need to approximate, physically, our team of engineering and design to the final assembly, to allow a closer and more detailed monitoring of the process and we also needed to concentrate the inventory of parts in the manufacturing process in one place, near the mount. This change has given us much more agility to drive the process. "

Novaer officially completed the process of changing its address in São José dos Campos this August and is already fully functional at the address: Brig. Faria Lima Avenue, number 3305, ZIP Code 12227-000.

"We plan to remain in this place until the completion of the transfer process of our activities to the city of Lages, Santa Catarina, which should occur gradually over the next two years, being completed only after the certification process of the aircraft is finalized. The first flight of the prototype, the flights of initial opening of the operating envelope of the aircraft and the construction of the two prototypes for certification will take place in São José dos Campos” stated Heitor Serra, Operations Director at Novaer.

Source: Internal News

April 14th, 2013 - Brazil delegation visits SUN ’n FUN

A delegation that includes representatives from Brazil’s Industries Federation System of Santa Catarina State, National Service of Industrial Apprenticeship, Wega Aircraft, Novaer Craft, and others were at SUN ’n FUN last week to promote newly announced incentives available to aircraft and aviation component manufacturers, as well as aviation-related services providers and other precision industries interested in expanding into Brazil.

The Santa Catarina Delegation included representatives of the Brazilian companies and institutions.

“We are very excited to be attending SUN ’n FUN this year and to be able to begin discussions with companies involved in aviation and other industries and to promote the development of friendly relations, trade exchange, economic, technological and industrial cooperation,” said Glauco José Corte, FIESC President. “Santa Catarina State is committed to providing both the economic incentives and skilled labor necessary to become our country’s new aviation hub.”

“One of the major attractions to our area is the National Service of Industrial Apprenticeship,” added Antonio José Carradore, director of education and technology from SENAI Santa Catarina. “The state-of-the-art campus was created and is being expanded to provide the highest levels of professional education and technical capabilities for aircraft technical candidates. Our aircraft technician graduates will be fully-qualified and experienced in the latest methods of aircraft assembly, inspection and repair.”

Another highlight of the Santa Catarina State Delegation’s booth were two new Brazilian aircraft manufacturers.

Wega Aircraft flew in two of its new kit built airplanes from its factory in Palhoça, Santa Catarina State. One aircraft is on display in the Delegation’s booth and the other is on display at the adjacent Superior Air Parts booth. Superior Air Parts manufactured the 180-horsepower XP-360 Engines that power the Wega Aircraft.

Novaer Craft has information on its new four-place, pressurized U-Xc aircraft. It will be powered by a 315-horsepower Lycoming engine and offer a 192-knot cruise speed, 16,000 foot ceiling and a 1,632 pound useful load.

Source: General Aviation News

April 12th, 2013 - Brazilian Airframes Look to Break Into U.S. Market

Two manufacturers from Brazil, Wega Aircraft and Novaer Craft, presented new aircraft this week at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland, Florida.

Wega Aircraft wants to break into the experimental/amateur-built market and showed two of its sleek Wega 180 airplanes at Sun 'n Fun this week. The planes flew some 4,400 miles in three days (with four stops) from the company's factory in Palhoca, Santa Catarina State, Brazil, to Lakeland.

The Wega 180 is a modern, two-place, high-performance aircraft with aerobatic features claiming a high (190-knot) cruise speed in a comfortable, ergonomic cabin. The all-carbon fiber Wega is actually made of two major structural pieces: the fuselage and the one-piece wing that attaches to it with four screws.

Wega Aircraft was founded in 2006 by Jocelito Carlos Wilder, who is an aircraft mechanic and avid aviator. His company currently manufacturers Wega 180 and 210 components and kits. Several details of this aircraft, such as the empennage and the wing, are reminiscent of aircraft designed by the famous Italian designer Stelio Frati, namely the Falco. Wilder met Frati just before the famous designer passed away three years ago.

The aircraft's clean design, together with the retractable gear, helps Wega to reach cruise airspeed of 190 kts powered by a Superior Air Parts 180-hp XP-360 engine. Range is 1,200 nautical miles, with a fuel capacity of 57 gallons and flight endurance of six and a half hours. The two finished airplanes that flew to Lakeland are for sale - $250,000 apiece - and kit pricing has not been determined.

Novaer Craft announced the development of two new carbon fiber airplanes, the T-Xc Pilgrim and the U-Xc Stardream. The projects are well underway and the company hopes to have an example at AirVenture this year or next year.

The company hopes to have Brazilian certification in 2015, followed by EASA and FAA certification, said Heitor Serra, Novaer's director of operations, at a Sun 'n Fun press briefing. Serra revealed both models will be based on a same airframe/wing combination, but will be manufactured differently to sustain different load/performance envelopes.

The two-seat T-Xc Pilgrim is designed as a military and civilian aerobatic trainer capable of up to +6g and -3g with a maneuvering speed of 150 knots. The specs also call for a top cruise speed of 208 knots. A 315-hp Lycoming AEIO-580-BIA engine, specifically designed for aerobatics, will power the Pilgrim.

The same engine will be mounted in the four-place U-Xc Stardream, although the "U" version will fit into the utility category with lower structural load demand. Predicted top cruise speed is 205 knots with a maximum weight 1,473 pounds, including a useful load of 873 pounds of payload and 100-gallon fuel will allow four adults in the cabin.

The expected useful load also includes air conditioning and 140 pounds of baggage. The company did not release any pricing information. Novaer headquarters is located near Embraer in Brazil.

Source: EAA - Experimental Aircraft Association

April 12th, 2013 - New GA Developments in Brazil

Brazillian Manufacturer Novaer Craft has outlined two new GA aircraft that it hopes to have certified by 2015.

In a press conference at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Florida, Novaer's Heitor Serra detailed the T-Xc Pilgrim and U-Xc Stardream carbon-fibre aircraft.

Both aircraft are designed as low-wing retractables, and Novaer is setting the bar very high in terms of projected performance.

The T-Xc is a two-seat military and civil aerobatic trainer powered by a 315 HP Lycoming engine, giving a top speed of 208 knots.

The same engine will power the four-seat utility U-Xc, that Novaer believes will be only slightly slower at 205 knots, but will bear a useful load of 668 kg in contrast to the 350 kg of the T-Xc.

Both are expected to be fitted with Garmin 1000 avionics in the production aircraft.

Tooling has been made and the first prototype is expected to roll-out later this year.

Novaer Craft is located in Sao Jose Dos Campos near Embraer and has been in business making aircraft components since 1998.

Source: Australian Flying

April 11th, 2013 - Brazilian Novaer Announces Retractable Airplanes

Novaer Craft has announced the development of two new carbon-fiber airplanes, the T-Xc Pilgrim and the U-Xc Stardream. The projects are already under way and, should they succeed, the company  hopes to have Brazilian certification in 2015, followed by EASA and FAA certification, said Heitor Serra, Novaer’s director of operations, at a news conference at Sun ‘n Fun in Lakeland, Florida.

Serra revealed a lot of details about the new designs, both of which are planned to be low-wing airplanes equipped with retractable gear. Tooling is being built and the first prototype is expected to be complete this year. The first prototype will be equipped with Brazilian-made avionics, but Serra said the production versions will have Garmin G1000 panels.

The side-by-side, two-seat T-Xc Pilgrim is designed as a military and civilian aerobatic trainer. It will be capable of withstanding up to +6.0 and -3.0 G and have a maneuvering speed of 151 knots. The ambitious specs also call for a top cruise speed for the Pilgrim of 208 knots. A 315-horsepower Lycoming AEIO-580-BIA engine, specifically designed for aerobatics, will power the Pilgrim.

The same engine will be mounted on the front of the U-Xc Stardream, although this four-seat airplane is designed for the utility category. Top cruise speed is targeted at 205 knots and the hoped for 1,473-pound useful load would provide operators with 873 pounds of payload with the 100-gallon fuel tanks filled, allowing for four adults in the cabin. The expected useful load also includes air conditioning and the baggage capacity is 140 pounds.

The company did not release pricing information for either airplane.

While Novaer is located in São José dos Campos, Brazil, where major airplane manufacturer Embraer is also based, the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, located further south, is one major source of funding for the company. Novaer has been in business since 1998 and is the prime contractor for the landing gear on Embraer’s Tucano.

Source: Flying Magazine

February 26th, 2013 - Novaer receives delegation from Santa Catarina

Advancing the steps to start its activities in the state of Santa Catarina, between Feb. 5th and 7th Novaer’s facilities were visited by two important educational, research and development institutions of the State. An prominent delegation, formed by 10 professors and researchers of the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) and the CERTI Foundation, leaded by Prof. Victor Juliano de Negri, Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and by Prof. Carlos Alberto Schneider, general superintendent of the CERTI Foundation, visited Novaer with the intention of understanding in depth the T-Xc project and identifying the needs of the company in the fields of research, development, certification and testing, in order to plan the execution of those activities by the RD&I institutions of the state.

During their trip to São José dos Campos the delegation took their time to visit the city’s Technological Park, where they could see the work in process to install the new Laboratory of Lightweight Structures, and also visited the Department of Science and Aerospace Technologies (DCTA), more specifically the Institute of Aeronautics and Space (IAE), where they could see the structural testing laboratory, wind tunnels and the development process of aeronautic engines. Also in the agenda of this visit by the specialists from Santa Catarina, were the visits to the facilities of Novaer’s partners in the development of Project T-Xc and detailed meetings about several aspects of the course of the project.

Source: Internal News

January 14th, 2013 - Novaer announces: the first structural parts in carbon fiber for the T-Xc prototype have been produced

Novaer presented today the first structural parts and pieces in carbon fiber for the first prototype of the T-Xc aircraft. The pieces were manufactured at First Wave Brasil, a supplier of Novaer. The pieces made out of composite materials have a highly complex productive process which comprises several steps such as cutting and assembling the fabric layers of carbon fiber, lamination of the pieces, vacuum shaping and curing in an autoclave.


The first carbon fiber pieces are part of the control surfaces of the T-Xc: flaps, elevator, rudder, horizontal tail and ailerons. The coatings are produced using pre-impregnated carbon fabric with epoxy resin and curing in an autoclave at elevated temperature and pressure. After curing of the first pieces there’s the finishing process and quality control through ultrasound analysis. In the coming weeks the Novaer will be producing the ribs and spars of the T-Xc’s control surface, also in composite material. According to Plínio Junqueira, Novaer’s Technical Director and technical manager of the program, the next structural parts to be produced should be the coatings and wing spars. “We are focusing our efforts in producing groups of pieces that belong to the same subset, thereby optimizing the aircraft’s assembly process”.


“The flight of the first prototype is a very important mark in the program and is our top priority at the moment. That’s why it’s so stimulating to see the first parts of the aircraft taking shape, but our engineering team is already working on the next step of the program: the certification campaign of the T-Xc. The activities regarding the certification phase, such as designs, analysis and engineering reports are already occupying most of our team.” Declared Graciliano Campos, President of Novaer.


Source: Internal News

November 09th, 2012 - U.S. Investors Buy 200 Of New Brazil GA Design

Ledyard Capital Management, an investment firm that in the past has specialized in transport aircraft and the marine industry, announced this week that it is buying 200 copies of a new four-seat general aviation carbon-fiber aircraft from Novaer, in Brazil. Douglas Brennan, a partner in the company who is also a GA pilot, told AVweb on Tuesday that his firm plans to partner up with an existing distributor network to market the airplanes in the U.S., Europe, and China. "We plan to do the final assembly here in the U.S., just like Embraer does," he said. He added that the airplanes will be eligible for financing from the Brazilian government, which he believes will give them an edge in the U.S. market. The airplane, which is all carbon-fiber and derived from a military-trainer design, should be certified around mid-2013, Brennan said. A prototype has already flown. A price has not yet been set.

The purchase of 200 aircraft is essentially the first two years of production, Brennan said. In a news release, his firm said the TXC aircraft "represents the leading edge of aeronautical design and manufacturing technologies that deliver a level of safety and performance previously unattainable." The original military version was designed by Joszef Kovacs, former chief designer of Embraer's Tucano trainer. Brennan told AVweb the aircraft performance makes it possible to fill all four seats, add full fuel, and fly. "Every aspect of the airplane is brilliant," he said. A ballistic parachute will be available as an option, but the aircraft "can recover from spins without the need of a parachute," the news release said. The TXC will have retractable landing gear, air conditioning, and an optional pressurized cabin. A Lycoming AEIO-540 powerplant will drive the airplane to a maximum cruise speed of about 202 knots. The aircraft company is fully backed by the Brazilian government, Brennan said, "so it's different from a start-up company … all the financing is together."

Source: AVweb


September 19th, 2012 - New Brazilian aircraft based on cutting-edge design

The price has yet to be announced, but performance data published by a Brazilian firm gearing up to produce a brand-new general aviation aircraft suggests it will impress: four seats; a 315 horsepower, six-cylinder Lycoming aerobatic engine; a 192-knot cruise speed; 16,000-foot service ceiling (higher with an optional turbocharged engine); and 1,632 pounds of useful load.

 Pilot Douglas L. Brennan is co-founder, chief investment officer, and partner with Ledyard Capital Management, the investment firm based in Scarsdale, N.Y., that recently struck a deal with Novaer Craft based in São José dos Campos, Sao Paulo. Brennan said the retail price, while not yet set, will be "comparable" to Cirrus models now on the market. He said the design by Joszéf Kovács represents a leap forward for general aviation.

“Most U.S. manufacturing of GA aircraft is in a museum,” Brennan said. “They keep doing things to make a 1950s, 1960s aircraft look more modern.”

Brennan said the Brazilian firm focuses on innovation, and has produced a true four-seat aircraft, one of two variants of the design based on a proof-of-concept prototype that has already flown.

“You can put four people in the plane, fill it full of fuel, and fly off,” Brennan said, noting that all-composite construction is the key to reaching the expected performance. [novaer craft]

Brennan said Brazil (also home to Embraer) has become a uniquely fertile ground for aviation innovation, backed for decades by a government that has invested significantly in education and manufacturing infrastructure. The government recently announced a $40 million subsidy to establish production capacity for the T-Xc, the two-seat version designed primarily as a trainer. Novaer Craft, according to its website, was established with cutting-edge design in mind.

“They are simply a shop about innovation,” Brennan said. “They live and breathe wing design, new materials. You don’t see that in any other manufacturer.”

Brennan said composite materials will make the aircraft light, and the four-seat U-Xc made for general aviation will have many other advantages, including a stable wing and aerodynamic features that promise to make spins recoverable in any mode. The cabin will be slightly larger than Cirrus models; retractable landing gear, a pressurized cabin, and a ballistic airframe parachute will be among the options. Brennan said the investors will work with distributors and individual dealers to market the aircraft in the United States, and financing is expected to be available with backing from Brazil.

“We will likely be granted the ability to write loans through the export financing that’s available,” Brennan said, adding he has already fielded calls from about 40 potential buyers. Many details remain to be worked out, and Brennan said details on how to purchase one of these new aircraft will be announced in conjunction with certification that is currently expected in 2014 for Brazil, the United States, and Europe.

Brennan said Ledyard expects a good return on its (undisclosed) investment, while assuming much of the risk that would be shouldered by dealers required to purchase aircraft up front under the traditional business model.

“That will prevent good sales groups from getting stuck with aircraft and taking financial risk,” Brennan said. Ledyard plans to work closely with Novaer Craft to eventually set up final assembly plants in the United States. “We’re very excited here at Ledyard to be part of what we think is a new generation in aircraft.”


August 12th, 2012 - Ledyard Agrees to Purchase 200 Aircraft from Brazil’s Novaer

Scarsdale, New York (August 2012). Ledyard Capital Management LLC, an investment firm specializing in the Aviation and Marine Transport industries, has announced the signing of an agreement with Novaer S.A., São José dos Campos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, to purchase  200 TXC aircraft. The TXC is a new generation, four passenger general aviation single-engine aircraft. The new all-composite aircraft represents the leading edge of aeronautical design and manufacturing technologies that deliver a level of safety and performance previously unattainable. The TXC is one single aircraft design type with two versions, both based on the proof of concept aircraft, the Novaer K-51, from the world famous aircraft designer Joszéf Kovács. One version is a new military trainer for the primary and basic roles, designed with the Brazilian and other Air Forces in mind, and the other one is aimed to the General Aviation Market.

“General aviation demands a new generation of aircraft. Existing production and design concepts are outdated” says Patrick O’Neill, Ledyard  CEO. “The general aviation industry has seriously lagged the introduction of new manufacturing techniques and materials in stark contrast to other industries such as the  automotive sector. ” The Novaer TXC aircraft is a revolutionary step forward for general aviation. Brilliant modern design, a new level of  performance along with the latest avionics  technologies will breathe new life into the general aviation community, “long overdue,” says Mr. O’Neill. Initial production will be exclusive to Brazil, however, Ledyard and Novaer will work together to find a U.S. and European manufacturing solution. Given that the United States is the largest market for general aviation, the companies plan to develop a U.S. manufacturing facility that will start by initially completing  the final assembly process for the aircraft.

The TXC will have retractable landing gear, an optional ballistic parachute recovery system and air conditioning.  An optional pressurized cabin will also be offered. The normally aspirated and turbo charged  Lycoming AEIO-540-powered aircraft features a 9.14-meter wingspan, with 12.46 sq. meter wing area; maximum takeoff weight is 1.55 metric tons (1,550 kg), with an empty weight of 810 kg. The aircraft is designed to operate within +6 g and -3 g up to 1,140 kg of weight, and will be be limited to +4.4 g and -2.2 g above that. Maximum cruise is around 202 knots, with a stall speed of 55 knots and maximum rate of climb of 2,665 ft. per min. Unlike other recent aircraft introduced into the market in the past decade, the TXC structure is entirely made of carbon-fiber composites and the aircraft has much more stability, recovering  from unlimited spins without the need of a parachute for certification.

For more information contact:  write to Mr. Douglas Brennan, Ledyard Capital Management at

Source: Ledyard Capital

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