This is a best prospect industry sector for this country. Includes a market overview and trade data.
Last Published: 8/10/2017


Brazil is one of only five countries in the world that manufacture commercial jets, and has been one of the top ten export destinations for U.S. aircraft and aircraft parts for many years. Affected by one of the most serious economic and political crises in recent years, Brazil’s GDP dropped 3.6 percent in 2016. Nevertheless, U.S. suppliers of aircraft and aircraft parts maintained almost the same level of sales to Brazil in 2016 compared to 2015. In 2016, U.S. firms exported US$5 billion worth of aerospace products to Brazil, while imports from Brazil totaled US$3.4 billion.
Leading Sub-Sectors

  • Avionics

  • Communication systems

  • Aircraft and helicopter parts and components

  • Replacement parts


There are two major segments that U.S. suppliers in this industry should focus on, which are the OEM (original equipment manufacturers), as well as the repair and maintenance market. A small new niche, still pending final rules from the regulatory agencies, are UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles.)

  • OEMs: The Brazilian aerospace industry is led by Embraer, the world’s third largest aircraft manufacturer. In 2016, the company delivered 108 commercial jets and 117 executive aircraft (73 light and 44 large executive jets). In 2017, Embraer expects to deliver 97 to 102 commercial jets, 70 to 80 light executive jets, and 35 to 45 large executive jets. Approximately 53 percent of Embraer’s suppliers are located in the U.S., supplying over US$2 billion worth of components to Brazil every year. The other major player is Helibras, the Brazilian subsidiary of Airbus Helicopters. Companies interested in supplying to these OEMs in Brazil must undergo a strict qualification process of the company, product, and technology. Embraer’s requirements for suppliers are based on the International Aerospace Quality Group, including but not limited to AS9100, EN9100, JISQ9100, and NBR15100. Depending on the type of the product, suppliers are subject to additional requirements.  

  • Repair and Maintenance: According to the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency, the Brazilian fleet consists of 21,895 aircraft, which generates a high demand for imports of replacement parts. The fleet is composed of 686 commercial aircraft, 15,342 general/ business aircraft, and 5,867 experimental aircraft. There are approximately 670 companies that hold certification to provide maintenance and repair services. Although the demand for new commercial aircraft has slowed down over the last couple of years due to political and economic turmoil in the country, the demand for replacement parts will likely continue to grow over the next few years. The market for aircraft repair and maintenance is estimated at US$730 million, and has annually expanded 5-6 percent. The relatively strong market for repair and maintenance is driven by more than 40 percent of the general aviation fleet being composed of one or two-engine piston-powered aircraft with more than 30 years of use. The average age of the general aviation fleet is currently 27 years, while the commercial aviation fleet has an average age of 12 years. 

  • UAVs : The Brazilian UAV market is estimated at US$60 million. Brazil does not yet allow flights of fully autonomous drones and the market is still small, composed predominantly of drones with prices varying from US$2,000 to US$20,000. However, following the global trend, the Brazilian market should grow rapidly over the next few years. The legislation and regulatory policies to fly UAVs are still being formulated by the National Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC) and the Department of Airspace Control (DECEA). UAVs that have radiofrequency transmitters must also be licensed by the National Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL). In Brazil, drones are used principally for recreation, security, and agriculture.

Brazil is a geographically large country with a sprawling and growing aviation industry. Aircraft parts suppliers without local representation may find it difficult to build relationships, receive timely information, and gain access to decision-makers.
The oversight and management of the Brazilian aviation industry is divided amongst several government agencies:

  • SAC – Civil Aviation Secretariat: mainly responsible for implementing policies to develop Brazil’s civil aviation sector, as well as for airport infrastructure and civil aeronautics.

  • ANAC – National Civil Aviation Agency: responsible for the regulation, inspection, and safety of civil aviation activities, aeronautical products, and airport infrastructure. All aeronautical products must obtain a certification issued by ANAC.

  • DECEA – Department of Airspace Control: responsible for the airspace control, promoting traffic safety and control.

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