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In 20 years, Mexico will assemble aircraft

In 20 years, Mexico will assemble aircraft

Posted by Ricardo Vázquez on October 03, 2014

First the country needs to obtain the Airworthiness Certificate issued by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and consolidate its supply chain.

The first jet fully assembled in Mexico could take off in 2035 or 2040, once the country obtains the Airworthiness Certificate issued by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and consolidates its supply chain, Sergio Ornelas, organizer of Mexico Aerospace Summit 2014, said.

Ornelas said that Mexico has a Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement with the United States to manufacture aerospace components and to obtain reciprocal quality certificates, but the process is still in its initial phase to certify a complete airplane.

Luis G. Lizcano, general director of the Mexican Aerospace Industry Federation (FEMIA), said that obtaining the certificate could take 10 years.

Since 2004, Mexico's exports of aircraft components have grown at an annual rate of 18%. Mexico makes parts for propulsion systems, engines, internal aircraft structures, electrical and electronic parts, wiring and stabilizers, among other components.

In 2013, Mexico exported aeronautical components for 5.3 billion dollars and this year these exports are expected to surpass 6.4 billion dollars.

In Nuevo León, Unmanned Systems Technology International presented recently the first drone designed and manufactured in the state. The drone is the first unmanned aircraft designed and assembled by Mexicans. The company invested 5 million dollars in the project and estimates that it can manufacture 20 units per year at its plant in Apodaca, Nuevo León.

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