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Avio do Brasil unveils maintenance line for Spey aeronautical turbine


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Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), 1st August 2012 – Through its Brazilian arm specialising in the maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) of aeronautical engines, Avio yesterday unveiled a new assembly and dismantlement line for the Spey MK 807 turbine, powering the Brazilian Air Force’s AM-X fighter aircraft.

Commander of the Brazilian Air Force, Lt. Gen. Juniti Saity attended the opening ceremony in Avio’s Rio de Janeiro establishment together with members of its high command, officials and commanders of military organisations.

The opening marks the first step towards the re-qualification project for the Avio do Brasil establishment to begin working on the maintenance of the Spey MK 807 turbines. Thanks to the testing ground of Aviation Materials Park SP, Avio do Brasil will be able to kickstair the repair of a number of engines in Brazil. The project will be finalised in 2014, when Avio do Brasil will have achieved its full MRO capacity for these turbines, including component repairs and overall revisions.

“Today we celebrate an important step in the development of Avio’s activities in Brazil. We’re extremely pleased to be kicking off MRO services for Spey turbines in our country, while being able to provide an additional service to the Brazilian Air Force,” said Haroldo dos Santos, CEO of Avio do Brasil.

Avio do Brasil works in partnership with 90 highly qualified personnel and plays a strategic role in the defence sector, with responsibility for the engine revision of the Brazilian Airforce’s Northrop F-5E/F fighter aircraft and other training and transport aircrafts for Brazilian Air Force . Avio also provides MRO services for the MK 807 engines, which power the AM-X fighter aircraft.



Avio is an international group, leader in the aerospace sector, headquartered in Turin (Italy). Founded in 1908, it is present on four continents with commercial offices and 12 industrial sites. It has about 5,200 employees, of which approximately 4,400 work in Italy. Company revenues in 2011 were over € 2 billion. The Group operates in following business areas: Jet engine modules; Space; MRO and Services; Aeroderivative Gas Turbines for Marine and Industrial use; Control and Automation Systems, and Electrical Systems. It is active in the field of technological R&D through a network of laboratories located on Italian University campuses, and collaborates with 24 Italian and international universities and research centres.