US and Brazil Agree on Greater Cooperation in Aviation Technology

By Dialogo
April 11, 2012

On April 9, the United States and Brazil signed a memorandum of understanding to promote technical cooperation in aviation, one of several agreements signed to coincide with the meeting between President Barack Obama and President Dilma Rousseff in Washington.

The Aviation Partnership Memorandum of Understanding offers a space for dialogue in order to “address aviation sector priorities, including technical cooperation on aviation infrastructure, air transportation, and air traffic management technologies,” according to a White House statement.

This memorandum was signed at the State Department by Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, both of whom also signed another memorandum to promote exchanges between the state governments of both countries.

Focused on economic and academic cooperation and the world diplomatic agenda, the agreements were signed following the meeting between Obama and Rousseff at the White House.

In parallel, they announced that U.S. airplane manufacturer Boeing and Brazilian airplane manufacturer Embraer signed a cooperation agreement to “enhance operational efficiency, safety and productivity” for both firms.

“This significant agreement between two proven aerospace leaders provides real opportunities to reduce customers’ operational costs and enhance fleet efficiency,” stated Jim Albaugh, the president of Boeing.

The two firms will share information regarding technical aspects of their planes, in order to improve their safety and efficiency, as well as the use of biofuels, among other things.

Among the other agreements signed between the United States and Brazil on Monday, highlights included one that guarantees food security in Haiti and Honduras, two of the poorest countries in the Americas; one on cooperation in science and technology; and one on student exchanges.