Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Embraer Defense & Security Inc. is on schedule with its Jacksonville assembly facility to begin deliveries in mid-2014 of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft to the U.S. Air Force for the Light Air Support (LAS) program.
In March, a ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the opening of the 40,000-square-foot assembly hangar located at Jacksonville International Airport.
Daniel W. Culleton Jr. is the company’s general manager. Culleton’s experience includes more than 30 years working for Northrop Grumman Corp. and its predecessor, Grumman Corp., operational, production and management positions. He will oversee all operations at the Jacksonville facility.
Hiring is underway, with 40 critical positions already being filled for areas encompassing production engineering, quality engineering, logistics and A&P technicians.
According to Culleton, “This facility will perform pre-equipping, mechanical assembly, structural assembly, systems installation and testing, and flight testing of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft. It is the latest in a series of recent expansions by Embraer in Florida and the first for Defense & Security.”