Brazil’s Embraer to Deliver 170 Jets This Year

    Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer announced that it delivered 37 aircraft in the commercial, executive, and defense and government aviation segments in the third quarter of last year.

    Deliveries totaled 130 aircraft in 2006, including 98 commercial jet airplanes, 27 executive aircraft, and 5 defense and government aircraft.

    For the latter, the company only discloses sales of aircraft for transportation of authorities and sales to state-owned air carriers.

    Regarding the Arab world, since December 2005, the company delivered 14 Embraer 170 commercial jets to Saudi Arabian Airlines, out of an order for 15 units. Embraer also received orders for commercial aircraft from Jordan, Egypt and Lybia.

    According to the company, 67 new orders were placed during the last quarter of 2006, increasing the company's order backlog by 11.3% to reach US$ 14.8 billion.

    Embraer has a firm order backlog of 463 aircraft. This year, the company plans on delivering 165 to 170 aircraft.

    Gol

    Brazilian airline Gol is celebrating its sixth anniversary of operations.  The company, which popularized air transportation in Brazil and South America, is celebrating this anniversary with some of the best numbers in the history of Brazilian aviation. 

    Over the last six years, Gol transported 55 million passengers; including five million first time flyers.

    Gol's current fleet of 65 aircraft operates over 600 daily flights to 55 destinations, including seven international routes to five countries in South America. 

    In December 2006, Gol had domestic and international Brazilian market shares of 37.1 percent and 13.3 percent, respectively.  The Company's average load factor in 2006 was 74%, the highest in the industry, and Gol has been the most punctual airline in Brazil for over 18 months.

    The "Gol Effect" has been evident in Brazil's passenger transportation market over the last six years:  average domestic fares have been reduced by over 25% – providing low-cost air travel for more Brazilian consumers; average load factors on domestic flights are at their highest levels ever (above 70%); and the number of first-time flyers increases year after year.

    Gol's international expansion is one of highlights of its sixth anniversary, as the Company is one of the fastest growing "international" airlines. 

    In 2006 alone, Gol increased its operating capacity on South American international routes by over 150 percent.  In 2004, Argentina was the Company's first international destination; strong demand allowed Gol to expand its services to a total of three Argentinean cities: Buenos Aires, Cordoba and Rosario. 

    Based on the success of these routes, the Company increased the number of international destinations: in 2005, Gol began flights to Bolivia and, in 2006, the Company started service to Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. 

    In February of this year, Gol will begin operations to Peru and has plans to further increase it operations in Latin America with a new route to Mexico later this year.

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    • realgivpilot

      Judgement, Can it Be Regulated? From USAF
      An anonymous quote found in AETC’s Handbook 11-1, “Road to Wings,” summarizes judgment pretty well: “We should all bear one thing in mind when we talk about a troop who rode one in. He called upon the sum of all his knowledge and made a judgment. He believed in it so strongly that he knowingly bet his life on it. That he was mistaken in that judgment is a tragedy, not stupidity. Every supervisor and contemporary who ever spoke to him had an opportunity to influence his judgment, so a little bit of all of us goes in with every troop we lose.”

      When you think about it, that’s a pretty sobering comment to an audience whose jobs are inherently dangerous and require mass quantities of instantaneous judgment. But “human factors” have accounted for an average of about 69% of aircraft-related mishaps across the past ten years, with approximately 54% of the human factors aircraft-related mishaps involving errors in judgment. With this one item (judgment) identified as one of the most frequent causes of aviation mishaps, can we regulate it to decrease the number of incidents?

      Webster’s defines judgment as “The ability to make a decision or form an opinion by discerning and evaluating … The capacity to make sound and reasonable decisions: good sense.” I especially like the part about “good sense” because it seems to be lacking in people at times. But what this definition doesn’t explain is how one goes about acquiring good sense or judgment. This is because judgment isn’t something that can be taught through a definition, textbook or even a cookbook!

      Judgment is a cognitive skill, learned during the on-going process of education and experiences throughout one’s life. The Air Force mentors us by providing technical training courses to advance our knowledge and establishing upgrade programs to advance our skills. This, combined with experience developed over time, is designed to improve your judgment ability.

      However, experience alone is not the sole qualifier for judgment. Everyone has seen an example of a highly experienced person making a poor judgment call. Numerous mishap reports and “There I Was” stories talk about pilots with “thousands of hours” or “doing it a hundred times before,” making a bad decision. Or, on the other hand, a young second lieutenant making an input to the crew during a critical situation and saving the aircraft.

      So this brings us back to the original question: Can judgment be regulated? The Air Force makes a valiant attempt to regulate judgment through written restrictions, operating instructions, and technical manuals, but does this really regulate judgement? Can it?

      Taking a consensus of experienced pilots, it can be said that judgment Can’t be regulated. So why do we have all those written restrictions and operating instructions? The best way to look at it is to view regulatory guidance as parameters, established to limit our choices that directly influence our judgment. In other words, until you acquire that breadth of experience over time that is helpful in developing judgment, the regulations and instructions are there to aid you and give you guidance. Even after you have developed a wealth of experience, the regulatory guidance is still there when you need it.

      It’s like a flow diagram kept in your head that you review each time a decision is made. By knowing what is legal, what the capabilities of your aircraft are, and what your personal limits are, you can more effectively make a good judgment decision when presented with a situation. Over time, the decision process becomes more intuitive as your experience builds, until one day you graduate from the “school of hard knocks” and are awarded a degree in “judgment.”

      After you acquire what you think is judgment, keep this quote by Mark Twain in your hip pocket for those times when you’re just not sure which way to go: “It is better to be careful a hundred times than to be killed once.” In other words, taking the safer course of action most likely will keep you out of trouble during those times when things just aren’t going your way. So continue to build your judgment, work on your knowledge and fly safe!

      COPYRIGHT 2001 U.S. Air Force, Safety Agency

    • realgivpilot

      Trained Professional Pilots Only Need Apply!
      Ad nauseum (sic), as I have said over and over againÀ¢€¦À¢€¦À¢€¦À¢€¦. I flew in Brazil, the last time over 8 years ago, day, night, IFR, VFR, etc., and never had any problems. Nor has anyone else that I know. And the ATC system was much worse than now. Pilots trained, in international procedures, emergency communications, etc. will have no problem. Pilots from fly by night 135 operations where training is less than complete (and there are places where the training is the DOA having many sharp pencils) will have problems. Hopefully not as many as the crew from Excelaire, nor to that extent. The best well-known quote about aviation has been either posted or covered in recurrent training at almost every place that I have worked at except one, and is as follows:

      “Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity, or neglect.”

      The other quote I think of from time to time, especially when reading NTSB accident reports, is from NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe, addressing NASA employees after the Columbia disaster:

      “They (the crew of Columbia) are not with us today because when it mattered most, we failed. And so it is incumbent upon us to remember every single day that the consequences of us not getting it right are catastrophic.”

      Maybe one day money and extracting the extra nickel from people will matter less than training and safety everywhere not at just the real professional operations.

    • RM

      Except One
      Guess this includes one Legacy 600 purchased by ExcelAire that didn’t make it out of Brazil. Hope all of those pickup pilots make it through the Brizillian Air Traffic Control System safely! Keep somebody looking out at all times and fly only in daytime clear air!

      Best Regards,

      RM

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