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AeroMod International at the Orlando Melbourne International Airport is expanding, adding 150 jobs, with more on the way. Video by Tim Shortt. Posted 10/27/16.


Hundreds of new jobs have arrived in Central Florida.

Gov. Rick Scott made the announcement in Melbourne Thursday morning.

The new jobs are at AeroMod, a company that just relocated to Florida from Detroit.

Work is already underway in a hangar at Orlando Melbourne International Airport.

Tricia Mallard, once laid off in Boston, is one of the new workers.

“Came down to Florida, love it here. Missed all the snowstorms, and when this opportunity came along, it was fantastic,” Mallard said.

Scott arrived to shake hands with most of the 150 workers already on hand, and to announce the company is adding 100 more.

“In the last five years and nine months, this state has added 1,225,500 jobs,” Scott said.

AeroMod installs electronic systems and Wi-Fi on airliners. The airlines — in this case, Air Canada — bring their planes to Central Florida to get the work done.

The president of AeroMod said, like the weather, the business climate in Florida is also better.

“It’s been a real struggle in Detroit. It’s been a struggle to find the proper facility. Landing here in Melbourne, at Orlando Melbourne International Airport, the state of Florida has helped us out,” AeroMod President Gary Girard said.

AeroMod is not only moving its business to Central Florida from Detroit, it’s expanding it. The airport is the home of thousands of new jobs and projected jobs, with large aviation companies also moving in.

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(Jan. 4, 2011): The Disney Dream, Disney Cruise Line's newest ship, docks Jan. 4, 2011 for the first time in her home port of Port Canaveral, Fla. after traveling approximately 6,500 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from Bremerhaven, Germany.  The Disney Dream will welcome guests on her maiden voyage on Jan. 26, 2011, and is scheduled to sail three-, four- and five-night cruises to the Bahamas and Disney’s private island Castaway Cay, from Port Canaveral.  The 4,000-passenger Disney Dream features AquaDuck, a first-of-its-kind shipboard water coaster, magical portholes in inside staterooms that provide guests with a real-time view outside the ship, rotational dining in elaborately-themed restaurants, Disney-infused children’s spaces and more.  (Phelan Ebenhack, Photographer)

The Disney Dream, Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, docked in her home port of Port Canaveral, Fla. The Ship was built 6,500 miles across the Atlantic Ocean in Bremerhaven, Germany. The 4,000-passenger Disney Dream features AquaDuck, a first-of-its-kind shipboard water coaster, magical portholes in inside staterooms that provide guests with a real-time view outside the ship, rotational dining in elaborately-themed restaurants, Disney-infused children’s spaces and more. (Phelan Ebenhack, Photographer)

Three Disney Cruise Line ships will be based at Port Canaveral for two months in early 2018, the company said, as it announced its sailing schedule for January through May 2018.

Departing from Port Canaveral:

• The 4,000-passenger Disney Fantasy continues to sail seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean voyages.

• The 4,000-passenger Disney Dream will sail on three- and four-night cruises to Nassau and Castaway Cay in the Bahamas.

• From Feb. 8 through April 8, 2018, the 2,700-passenger Disney Wonder will alternate similar three-, four- and seven-night itineraries.

“They’re definitely bringing a mix of itineraries” to Port Canaveral, said Scott Sanders of Celebration, founder of, which closely follows developments at Disney Cruise Line.

Sanders said the choices of itineraries and departure days from Port Canaveral, coupled with Port Canaveral’s proximity to the Walt Disney World theme parks in the Orlando area, would help Disney guests “piggyback a land vacation and a sea vacation.”

Disney Cruise Line spokesperson Rebecca Peddie said Port Canaveral “will continue to be an important home port for Disney Cruise Line, with its proximity to Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay in the Bahamas, and the Walt Disney World Resort here in Central Florida.”

She said that early 2018 “will be a particularly exciting time,” with three Disney ships operating from the Port Canaveral at the same time.

Reacting to Disney’s announcement, Port Canaveral Chief Executive Officer John Murray said: “As the original home port of the Disney fleet, we are most pleased to offer their guests the best port experience to complement their cruise experience.”

When it is not at Port Canaveral at other times in early 2018, the Wonder will be based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and in San Diego. The Wonder will sail from San Juan on seven-night cruises to the Southern Caribbean, including one cruise with a new port of call for Disney — the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire, just north of the South American coast. Its departures from San Diego will sail to the Baja region of Mexico and the Mexican Riviera.

In a statement, Disney said: “With three Disney ships in port and cruise lengths spanning three, four and seven nights, vacationers looking for a Disney Cruise Line getaway in early 2018 have a full menu of options from Port Canaveral.”

Each sailing from Port Canaveral will include a day at Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line’s private island.

Sanders also noted another special Disney sailing from Port Canaveral: a 14-day “repositioning cruise” that sails April 8, 2018, from Port Canaveral to San Diego, that will go through the Panama Canal. That cruise will include stops at Castaway Cay; Cartagena, Colombia; Panama Canal; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

2018 will be the fifth consecutive year that Disney has had three ships based at Port Canaveral for a part of the year.

Disney’s fourth ship, the 2,700-passenger Disney Magic, will continue sailing from Miami in early 2018, with four- and five-night cruises to the Bahamas, plus five-night Western Caribbean cruises.

Bookings for the early 2018 Disney cruises open to the public on Thursday.

Disney Cruise Line in March announced plans to add two ships to its four-ship fleet —  one in 2021, the other in 2023. It has not announced where those ships will be based.

Disney is one of Port Canaveral’s four major cruise lines. The others are Carnival, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean.

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Harris contract

Harris Corp. has received a four-year, $55 million contract to perform “sustainment” work on the electronic warfare system used by the U.S. Air Force to protect B-52s and C-130s from radar-guided threats. The contract was received during the first quarter of Harris’ fiscal 2017.

Harris will redesign one of its units to increase the electronic warfare suite’s reliability, supportability and availability.

“Hostile air defense systems are becoming more sophisticated and accessible in global conflict zones,” said Ed Zoiss, president, Harris Electronic Systems. “With the B-52 set to remain a key component of U.S. strategic air power for the next two decades, it is essential that it be equipped with innovative electronic warfare technology capable of defeating future threats.”

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SpaceX Video Event Introducing its proposed interplanetary transport system that would launch from Cape Canaveral and travel and land on Mars.

Space Florida is looking to help SpaceX pay to update its launch pad.

The agency will ask Florida Department of Transportation for $5 million to contribute to infrastructure improvements on Spaceport Launch Complex 39A, which SpaceX hopes will one day be the site of rocket launches that send humans to Mars.

The move will be discussed during an online-only board meeting next Wednesday.

According to meeting documents, “project match funding” from FDOT would be used for “infrastructure improvements by SpaceX.”

The move would authorize Space Florida to enter into an agreement with billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s space company.

The Hawthorne, Calif.-based company entered into a 20-year lease for the launch pad in December 2014 and has had plans to overhaul the site ever since.

Space Launch Complex 39A is one of three leased by SpaceX, including one in California and Space Launch Complex 40 nearby.

Space Launch Complex 40 suffered damage when a rocket exploded on the pad Sept. 1. The investigation into that explosion continues but the company did determine shortly after the incident that Space Launch Complex 39A suffered no damage.

SpaceX officials have said they hope to launch again sometime in November, but that has not been officially determined.

“Pending the results of the investigation, we anticipate returning to flight as early as the November timeframe,” the company said in a blog post.

SpaceX’s chief rival in Florida United Launch Alliance, meanwhile, has pushed back a launch of a weather satellite to Nov. 16 after Hurricane Matthew tore through the region. or 407-420-5256; Twitter, @marcosantana.

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Melbourne's Embraer's Phenom 300

Melbourne’s Embraer’s Phenom 300

Melbourne, Florida, October 20, 2016 – Embraer Executive Jets will display its full portfolio of business jets at the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), which takes place November 1-3 in Orlando, FL. 

The Legacy 450 with full interior, which was recently certified for 2,900 nm range, will make its debut at Orlando Executive Airport. The Phenom 300 on static display will debut some new interior features. And attendees will have the opportunity to visit the Legacy 500 with its certified E2VS technology, which combines Head-Up Display and Enhanced Vision System. The aircraft also features the “upper tech panel,” an innovation unique to Embraer that provides pertinent flight status information, ambient lighting and access to cabin controls in a backlit touchscreen valence.

Keep an eye out for the Phenom 100 and the Legacy 650 – both of which are bringing news to NBAA. Embraer’s static presence will be rounded out by the ultra-large cabin Lineage 1000E and its interior design concepts.

On October 31st, Embraer will host a press briefing featuring products and services updates and an updated market forecast. The briefing will take place at 11:00 a.m. at the Orange County Convention Center, Room N220D. 

Come see Embraer’s full portfolio on static display at any time during the show.  To schedule a tour of the full lineup, please contact Alyssa Ten Eyck via phone at 954-383-0460 or via email at

FPL, joining with Harris Corp., on a digital communication system, will begin using Harris' XL-200P two-way radios. (Photo: Harris Corp.)

FPL, joining with Harris Corp., on a digital communication system, will begin using Harris’ XL-200P two-way radios. (Photo: Harris Corp.)

Melbourne-based Harris Corp. and Florida Power & Light Co. are teaming up to develop an advanced digital system for FPL’s operations throughout the Sunshine State.

FPL, the nation’s third largest utility which serves about 10 million people in Florida, is working with Harris as it transitions its legacy analog radio communications system to a Harris P25 digital network solution for the utility’s 3,000-plus employees who work in the field.

“Florida Power & Light and Harris share a strong commitment to innovation, and we are proud to partner with FPL to support millions of Floridians, including 6,500 Harris employees who call Florida home,” William M. Brown, Harris’ chairman, president and chief executive officer said in a statement.

“This initiative extends Harris’ legacy of providing advanced technology to the state’s utilities, first responders and other customers with mission critical communications needs,” Brown said.

The new digital system will include Harris’ Symphony command center dispatch consoles, XL-200P advanced digital handheld radios, and the “BeOn” platform for integration of narrowband and broadband solutions.

“Harris and Florida Power & Light have a long history of working together and implementing cutting-edge solutions that benefit our customers throughout the state,” Eric Silagy, FPL’s president and CEO said. “This represents an example of two major Florida companies working together to provide our residents with the best level of service and support possible.”

The companies said the all-digital network will extend the range and quality of FPL’s communications capabilities across the 35 Florida counties the company serves, which is critical for crews in the field, particularly when responding to power outages. The network also will enable FPL for the first time to communicate and coordinate efforts with first responders and other public safety teams during emergency responses and hurricane season.

The new system is scheduled to be completed in 2018 and will be used by FPL’s power delivery team and other field employees.

The new network also leverages Harris’ advanced technology, which is the foundation for FPL’s existing communications network and Florida’s State Law Enforcement Radio System. The systems successfully supported service crews and first responders during emergencies over the past two decades, including the most recent Hurricane Matthew.

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ULA Delta IV Second Stage and Booster Mariner Offload

ULA Delta IV Second Stage and Booster Mariner Offload

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – A team from the 45th Space Wing and Vehicle Manufacturer ULA partners observe the arrival of the Mariner to the port at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Oct. 12.

The large cargo ship transported United Launch Alliance’s vehicle hardware to the launch site at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Ensuring 100 percent mission success, the 45th SW is stationed at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The Delta IV that arrived after the storm is expected to launch an Air Force Wideband Global SATCOM satellite later this year.

Embraer Executive Jets Customer Center in Melbourne, Fla.

Embraer Executive Jets Customer Center in Melbourne, Fla.

Purchasing a business jet is a special occasion, and Embraer treats it as such.

AdTech AdThe complete experience of buying a new aircraft from Embraer Executive Jets, the business-jet division of Embraer, includes a visit to the global Customer Center in Melbourne, Fla. You can bring along your family—and your pilot—for a test flight with a sales representative, who will point out the small touches that make the interior special. The rep will show you the fabric-lined compartments near each seat in which you can stow your tablet or phone. He or she will note that the interior’s side panels are easy to remove so that repairs to any of the cabin’s systems can be done quickly and time on the ground can be minimized. You’ll be invited to swivel in the seats and recline them, to feel how smoothly they operate. Then you’ll peek into the cockpit to view the avionics.
Legacy 600 Interior

Legacy 600 Interior

After the flight, you’ll tour the manufacturing facility and maybe watch workers install a jet’s wiring or unpack fuselage parts delivered from Brazil, where Embraer is based.

You may even get to see the entire production line roll forward as each aircraft moves to the next step in its assembly process.

When you finish the tour, you’ll have a three-course meal in the customer dining room, choosing items from a menu with your name printed on it. Then, if this courting process has solidified your decision to buy the jet, a service representative will present you with a keepsake to mark the occasion: a used aircraft part, perhaps a bolt with the grease still on it. “We like to give people a greasy airplane part as a way of saying, ‘Welcome to the family,’1 ” says Jay Beever, the vice president of interior design for Embraer Executive Jets.

Embraer entered the business-jet market in 2002 with a reconfigured version of its ERJ-135 regional airliner. The company had never sold aircraft to private owners, and that first business jet—called the Legacy at the time and now called the Legacy 600—revealed Embraer’s inexperience. “The design was poor, not elegant,” says Marco Tulio, the president and CEO of Embraer Executive Jets. “The first time [Embraer] designed a galley [for the Legacy], they wondered if the passengers would need ice.” No one on the design team understood the mind-set of someone who stays at the finest hotels and dines at Michelin-starred restaurants. But the company learned quickly. For the next iteration of the Legacy, Embraer partnered with BMW DesignworksUSA to create a cabin that mimicked features found in the interior of a luxury car.


It’s one thing to create fine stitching on leather seats, but giving the customer a memorable buying experience takes a different type of effort. Embraer opened the Florida facility in 2011, a couple years after it introduced the Phenom 300. That aircraft’s success has helped elevate the company’s position in the market (See “A Phenomenal Success,” page 260). Yet after it launched the Phenom 300, Embraer wanted to offer potential customers more than just a new aircraft. So it built a U.S.-based manufacturing facility that also serves as the center of the buying experience. In the past decade, Embraer has developed three other clean-sheet designs in addition to the Phenom 300, and each has been a brisk seller to fractional programs and individual owners. The company believes that the buying experience has played a part in those sales. “We are dedicating a lot of energy to being the best, not just in service, but in the experience,” says Tulio.

After going home with your greasy aircraft part, you’ll be invited back to Florida to select the design elements for your aircraft’s interior. The manufacturing facility has rooms full of fabric swatches from which you can choose. Or you can bring your own; Embraer will have it certified by the Federal Aviation Administration before installing it. Choosing the wood, fabric, and leather for your jet could take only a couple hours. If you’re less decisive, it could take weeks of consulting with the company’s designers, who will ask how you want the space to feel, and what elements are most important to you. At each step of the process, the designers can create a digital rendering of the proposed interior. You can even view a 360-degree video simulation of the cabin.

Once you choose an interior, it takes about 10 months for Embraer to complete it after the aircraft comes off the assembly line. But while your aircraft is being finished, your sales rep will meet you—at your favorite restaurant, if you choose—and present you with another keepsake: a small box about the size of a humidor. It will be made of the wood that you’ve chosen for the interior trimming, and inside you’ll find folded samples of your cabin’s fabrics, leathers, and carpeting. “The idea is that you can put it on display at home and it becomes a conversation piece,” says Beever.


When it’s time to take delivery of the jet, the company offers a ceremony, to which you also can bring the whole family and the pilot. Inside the customer suite, the children can play video games or watch movies while you sign the contracts in an adjacent room with a wide window overlooking the hangar. At the appropriate moment, the sales representative will open the curtains, and you’ll see your jet for the first time, gleaming in a hangar painted stark white. The doors will be open, and a red carpet will lead to the stairs that fold down from the cabin door. The entire delivery process, complete with test flights, takes a couple of days. By the time you leave, you’ll have become very familiar with the Embraer facility and feel as though you know the people who work there. And that’s the idea.

Luciano Froes, Embraer Executive Jets’ senior vice president of marketing, tells a story about a guy who drove up to the facility in a Bugatti, arriving without an appointment. The receptionist asked if he wanted to take a tour or a test flight or see a cabin mock-up. Oh, no, the man said. “I already have a Phenom. I just wanted to come back and visit the place.” Embraer Executive Jets, embraer (

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On October 4, the first U.S.-assembled Legacy 450 made its maiden flight from Embraer Executive Jets’ facility in Melbourne, Florida. The company also assembles Phenom 100 and 300 light jets there and will manufacture Legacy 500s at the facility starting in 2017. (Photo: Embraer Executive Jets)

On October 4, the first U.S.-assembled Legacy 450 made its maiden flight from Embraer Executive Jets’ facility in Melbourne, Florida. The company also assembles Phenom 100 and 300 light jets there and will manufacture Legacy 500s at the facility starting in 2017. (Photo: Embraer Executive Jets)

Brazil-based Embraer has now flown the third type of business jet assembled in a five-year-old factory in Melbourne, Florida.

The flight of the Legacy 450 follows two other types – the Phenom 100 and 300 – assembled in the recently expanded Melbourne factory.

Embraer plans to deliver the Legacy 450 to a customer in December, says Marco Tulio Pellegrini, president and chief executive of Embraer Executive Jets.

Embraer assembles the Legacy 450 and the larger Legacy 500 in Melbourne and São José dos Campos, Brazil.

The Melbourne site is part of Embraer’s strategic effort to establish a global manufacturing presence.

The company also assembles the Super Tucano light attack and trainer aircraft in Jacksonville, Florida, which it delivers to the US Air Force to be forwarded to a partner country, such as Afghanistan and Lebanon.

 Article by Flight Global, Complete Article [ HERE ]