Boeing, Embraer Collaborate on Runway Safety for Customers

Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:00am EST

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- Runway Situation Awareness Tools will provide new procedures, training and
technology to reduce runway excursions
SEATTLE,  Dec. 18, 2012  /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Embraer S.A.
(BM&F Bovespa: EMBR3, NYSE: ERJ) today announced that they will provide
customers with a shared set of tools, called Runway Situation Awareness Tools,
to reduce runway excursions. This further strengthens the collaboration between
two of the world's largest aerospace companies.

To significantly reduce runway excursions in the near term, Boeing and Embraer
will provide customers with new pilot procedures and a training video on landing
performance. In the longer term, the companies will also develop joint
technology and systems for the flight deck to improve pilot information about
approach and landing.  

Based on data analysis of past incidents, the companies believe the Runway
Situation Awareness Tools' broad strategy to reduce runway excursions could be
utilized by pilots flying other commercial aircraft, supporting overall industry

"New pilot procedures, training and technology are effective and practical ways
to eliminate runway excursions for Boeing and Embraer customers," said  Ray
Conner, President and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "We are very pleased to
collaborate with Embraer to support our customers and further strengthen
industry safety."

"Runway excursion is one of the three major contributors to aviation accidents,
and we firmly believe that a robust set of pilot procedures, training and new
technology will substantially reduce these events," said  Paulo Cesar Silva,
President and CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. "This is another result of a
successful joint effort from Boeing and Embraer on technological fronts, with
important gains for our airline customers."

The global commercial aviation industry has substantially reduced accidents and
incidents in recent decades, but runway excursions remain a concern. From 2002
to 2011, runway excursions involving the global fleet accounted for 15 out of a
total of 79 fatal accidents and resulted in more than 780 fatalities.  

The companies' collaboration on runway safety for commercial aircraft advances
their April announcement that Boeing and Embraer will cooperate in ways that
create value for both companies and their customers. Embraer and Boeing have
also announced collaboration on Embraer's KC-390 and Super Tucano defense
aircraft programs and are working together to advance the supply of sustainable
aviation biofuels.

About Embraer:  
Embraer the world's largest manufacturer of commercial jets up to 120
seats, and one of  Brazil's leading exporters. Headquartered in Sao Jose dos
Campos,  Sao Paulo, it has offices, industrial operations and customer service
facilities in  Brazil,  China,  France,  Portugal,  Singapore, and the U.S.
Embraer designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft and systems for the
commercial aviation, executive aviation, and defense and security segments. It
also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide.  For more
information, please visit  

About Boeing
Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of
commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S.
exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers
in 150 countries. Boeing products and tailored services include commercial and
military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defense systems, launch
systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-based
logistics and training. For more information about Boeing please visit


Miles Kotay
Boeing Aviation Safety and Security Communications
Tel: +1 425-306-4537

Nicolas Morell
Embraer Media Relations, Commercial Aviation
Tel:   55-12-3927-4044

SOURCE  Boeing
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