A company founded by former Embraer employees, Desaer should start building its plant in September. Located in the Brazilian city of Araxa, in the state of Minas Gerais, the factory will receive investments of around $143 million to be built.
The installations should generate 820 direct and indirect jobs and create a new aviation hub in the country, currently concentrated in the neighboring state of Sao Paulo, where Embraer and Desaer’s headquarters are currently located.
Evandro Fileno, CEO of the company, pointed out that the factory was disputed by seven states “but we chose Minas Gerais for the friendly and transparent way in which the Government of Minas treated us from the beginning to the end of the negotiations. The city of Araxá, in turn, also offered us excellent conditions for carrying out the tests with the aircraft”, said the businessman.
Desaer has two turboprop projects in the pipeline, the ATL-100, for 19 passengers, and the larger ATL-300, for up to 40 seats. The first model has an order for five units in Brazil and another seven aircraft as purchase options from a customer in Uruguay.
With high wing configuration and rear cargo ramp, the ATL-100 can also be used for air medical, troop or paratrooper transport, patrol and surveillance, among other missions.
A is that the assembly line starts operating in January 2025. Until then, Desaer must perform the first flight of the ATL-100 and start the testing phase to obtain certification before the Brazilian civil aviation agency, ANAC.
The design of the ATL-100 and ATL-300, a multi-mission aircraft, became more important in view of the end of the STOUT program, of the Brazilian Air Force.
In partnership with Embraer, the project foresaw the development of an advanced hybrid aircraft to replace the Bandeirante turboprop. Without a national competitor, Desaer’s turboprops could, in theory, supply a possible need for the Air Force in the near future.