From April 9 to 14, The International Air and Space Fair, FIDAE, will feature presentations by the RC Jabalí Group, which will be one of the must-see attractions of the show. The team is made up of 10 aeromodelers who will pilot radio-controlled aircraft from an area next to the airstrip.

This group will exhibit two types of aircraft: those with piston engines, which will perform aerobatic routines, and jets that replicate the sounds of the turbines of a real airplane. Some of the models that will fly are the Super Decathlon, Bae Hawk 100, Turbo Bushmaster, Extra 300, Gamebird GB1, F-18 Hornet, L-39 Albatros, Rafale and Predator.

Meanwhile, during the weekend, in the drone field located on the left side of access 3 to the fairgrounds, there will be an attractive activity that has as protagonists a group of pilots who create their own drones, using virtual reality to control them. This experience is known as First Person View (FPV).

Unlike the traditional drone, where it is piloted from a ground perspective, FPV navigation is done through the perspective of the drone, which carries an onboard camera and transmits live from the aircraft to FPV goggles, headsets, smartphones or other display.

These models will race against the clock in specific circuits, where they will have to overcome obstacles to reach the finish line in the shortest time possible. On Saturday, April 13, exhibition races will be held, while on Sunday, April 14, adrenaline-filled competitions will be held to win first place.


FIDAE is a multisectorial event that covers the following fields: Cicil-Commercial Aviation, Defense, Airport Equipment and Services, Homeland Security, Aircraft Maintenance, UAV (RPAS), Cybersecurity, and Space Technology. The latter is a leading actor in this twenty-third edition.

Space Technology is directly related to the arrival to space, as well as the maintenance of different systems used during space travel, and in the tools that support their return.

The companies that will be part of this field are: Embraer from Brazil; Esri and Raster-4 from Chile; Invap from Argentina; Satlantis from Spain; Airbus and some study centers such as Universidad Mayor; Universidad de Chile, and Universidad de Concepción. They will be joined by the Asociación Chilena del Espacio (ACHIDE), Bae Sistems; Defense Technology Equipment, Global Sat; Iceye; Indra; Lockheed Martin; Planet Labs; Schiebel; Tesam, Thales, Aero Photogrammetry Service of the Chilean Air Force (SAF), the Space Operations Group (GOE) and the Space Directorate (DIRES) of the Chilean Air Force.


The International Air and Space Fair creates a suitable scenario to exhibit new products and technological advances in different areas. This provides real business opportunities for exhibitors of the Aerospace, Defense and Security Fair with the longest trajectory and recognition in Latin America.


FIDAE is a multisectorial event that covers the following sectors: Civil-Commercial Aviation, Defense, Aircraft Equipment and Services, Homeland Security, UAV (RPAS), Cybersecurity, Space Technology, and Aircraft Maintenance. The latter is a relevant actor and protagonist of this twenty-third edition.

This area shows how aircraft go through different inspections; processes where several specialists are involved. Each one of them takes responsibility, through comprehensive checkups, so aircraft equipment is in perfect condition and can be used safely.

The Chilean National Aeronautics Company (ENAER) is one of the most outstanding companies that will participate in this area. It will also be joined by: Aerocardal; Aeronautical Investments; Apas, Arms Intl; Bae Sistems; Bell Textron; Ciac; CG Turbines; Division Turbos; Fadea; Ipt; Labmeter; Loockheed Martin; Recaero SAS; Redimec S.A; Techman-Head and Workhard.


FIDAE provides personalized attention to all its target audience, in order to achieve commercial, innovation, and knowledge expectations. The Aircraft Maintenance sector also covers from manufactured pieces and parts, special machinery, to different established tests. In this way, FIDAE takes care of airworthiness in an integral way.


FIDAE is a multisectorial event that covers the areas of Airport Services and Equipment, Homeland Security, Aerospace Technology, UAV (RPAS), Cybersecurity, Civil and Commercial Aviation, Aircraft Maintenance, and Defense.

This last sector has an important role during the twenty-third edition. Currently, countries have defense systems to maintain peace and security, so companies invest in research and development of state-of-the-art technology in this matter.

There will be prestigious international companies attending FIDAE’s new edition, such as: Airbus, Embraer, Lockheed Martin, Aselsan, East Gear and la Empresa Nacional de Aeronáutica, ENAER. The following companies will also attend: Aeronautical Investments, Glenair, Steyr Arms, Hyundai WIA, Schiebel, Bear Tactical Gear, MBA S.A., Ruag Defense, Saab, Altec Ltda., Indra, F-Marinovic, Safran, Theon Sensors, BAE Systems, Defense Technology Equipment, Lacroix, Tek Chile, Bell Textron, División Turbos, Workhard, City Insignia Chile Ltda., Elemento Aire Chile SPA, Scytays, Switlik, INVAP, Miguel Caballero, Asmar, Barret Comunications, Goldhofer, Polaris Defense, Info Design Solutions, Zero Compromise Optic, Riegl, Els, Acape, Academia Politécnica Militar, Diamond Aircraft, among others.

FIDAE is an effective commercial platform that exhibits the latest developments in Aerospace, Defense and Security matters. The exhibitors internationalize their portfolio of products and services to the most important national and international companies attending the Fair. This provides real business opportunities and solutions to customers in emerging markets economies.


FIDAE is a multisectorial event that covers the areas of Defense, Airport Equipment and Services, Homeland Security, Aircraft Maintenance, Aerospace Technology, UAV (RPAS), Cybersecurity and Civil and Commercial Aviation. The latter is a relevant actor and protagonist of this twenty-third edition.

Civil Aviation is a generic term for the transport, public or private, of people or goods. Meanwhile, Commercial Aviation is carried out by airlines that transport people or cargo on a regular basis, i.e., with an itinerary.

Considering the significant growth of civil and commercial aviation worldwide, FIDAE considers this relevant area for exhibitors and potential new customers to meet in a commercial platform, specially designed to create new business opportunities.

Within this context, FIDAE 2024 will have important companies such as Airbus from France; Embraer from Brazil; Aeromax, Boeing, Hughes and Bell Textron from the United States; Saab from Sweden, Leonardo from Italy and the General Directorate of Civil Aeronautics (DGAC), representing Chile. Also attending will be Lacroix, Aeronautical Investments, Soter Logistic Chile, Agsur Aviones, Altec Ltda., Indra, Safran, Thales, Aerocardal, Tek Chile, Workhard and Yoy Training, among others.

The twenty-third edition of the International Air and Space Fair (FIDAE) will be held between April 9 and 14, 2024. During 44 years, the Fair has been creating unlimited opportunities, becoming the biennial aerospace event of longest trajectory, importance, and recognition in Latin America.


Within the framework of a new edition of the International Air and Space Fair, FIDAE, the public attending the main aerospace exhibition in Latin America, thanks to the coordination with the Chilean Air Federation (FEDACH), will be able to enjoy the presentations of the Chilean aerobatic groups RV Team, Team Villarrica, as well as pilot Mijali Proestakis.

Created more than 11 years ago, RV Team is the first civilian aerobatic squadron in Chile. The history of the RV Team begins with the building of two aircraft, which were entirely assembled by them in Chile. First, Fernando Abasolo’s RV-8, and then Hernán Santibáñez’ RV-7. During FIDAE, the pilots aboard the Vans RV-7 aircraft, will perform a presentation designed by the technical director and instructor of RV Team Chile, César Falistocco. The presentation consists of a loop, clover leaf, among other aerobatic flight maneuvers.

On the other hand, Team Villarrica, with two years of existence, is integrated by Karam Puali and Vaslav Rubeska. Aboard their Aerotrek Pitts S2A aircraft, the national pilots will perform aerobatic flights both during training flying as well and individual unlimited aerobatics, carrying out maneuvers such as “the heart”, crosses, mirror flight, hammer head, and loop, among others. These stunts will be admired by the public in attendance at FIDAE.

Lastly, this edition of the Fair will have the presence of the Antofagasta-native pilot Mijali Proestakis. His first flights began at the Aviation School “Capitán Manuel Avalos Prado”, in a T-35 Pillan in 1989. In 2010, he performs with the first Extra 300L in Chile, and currently has more than 1,100 flight hours in aerobatic aircraft. During FIDAE 2024, he will perform with the XtremeAir XA42 high aerobatic aircraft.


Waldwick, NJ and Santiago, Chile / March 1, 2024 — Former NASA Space Shuttle Commander, Mike Bloomfield, will attend FIDAE 2024, Latin America’s foremost airshow, next month as a goodwill ambassador for U.S. industry and the Astronaut Al Worden Endeavour Scholarship, which advocates for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education to fuel the future industry workforce.


As part of the largest international presence at the show, Bloomfield’s message at FIDAE builds on the 2023 bicentennial of official U.S.-Chile relations to advance bilateral cooperation and give young people a stake in the future.


“Every country needs a STEM-educated workforce,” said Bloomfield, a three-time shuttle astronaut (pilot of STS-86 and STS-97, and commander of STS-110). “As world leaders in exploration and discovery, the United States and Chile have a unique opportunity — a responsibility — to excite, inspire, and train our young people to succeed in STEM careers.”


Highlights of Bloomfield’s schedule during FIDAE (April 9-14) include introducing Chile’s third group of recipients of the Endeavour scholarship, an all-expenses paid week-long, hands-on astronaut training experience at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center’s Space Camp in Huntsville, AL; addressing members of the Colegio de Ingenieros de Chile, the national engineering trade association; and commemorating the 30th anniversary of the USA Partnership Pavilion at the show.


Tom Kallman, President and CEO of Pavilion organizer Kallman Worldwide and the 501(c)(3) Kallman Foundation, which administers the Endeavour program, announced Bloomfield’s participation at FIDAE upon returning from last month’s Singapore Airshow, where the United States also stood as the largest international presence on-site and Endeavour launched its third and fourth Singaporean teams. During the event, the scholarship foundation also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Indonesia to launch its first Endeavour team at Indo Defence 2024 in Jakarta this November.


The Endeavour Scholarship honors its namesake Worden, Command Module Pilot of the Apollo 15 spacecraft “Endeavour,” whose lifelong commitment to STEM education included serving as Kallman’s STEM ambassador at international trade events from 2015 until his passing in 2020.

“The enthusiasm and support for the Endeavour Scholarship around the world is deeply gratifying because it exemplifies the nation-to-nation spirit of partnership that fuels our program,” said Kallman. “Every country we work in — and we’ve worked in at least 50 of them since our company was founded in 1963 — is facing the same challenges to prepare its young people for the future. Many also see that future in space. As an extension of our work advancing global trade in exhibition halls, and with the support of partners in government, industry, the military, and academia, the Endeavour Scholarship connects with worldwide interest in space to promote STEM careers on earth.”

The Endeavour Scholarship invites high school students in trade show host communities to compete for four spots on a “mission” team to Space Camp. Local judges select winning applications and name a local educator to lead the crew. Since it was unveiled at the 2019 Paris Airshow, the program has presented scholarships to 76 students and 19 educators in nine countries.

The new Chilean crew members were selected by leaders of the Colegio de Ingenieros from applications submitted nationwide. Known collectively as “Mission Team #15,” the selected students Antonia Covacevich, Claudia Andrea Ulloa Henriquez, Catalina Reyes, and Gabriela Urzua will travel to the United States this July to visit Washington, DC and attend Space Camp. Their mission team leader is Rosita Guerra, a faculty member of the Arturo Merino Benitez School.

The team will be formally introduced and presented with their mission patches and jackets during a ceremony at FIDAE in the USA Partnership Pavilion on April 10 by Kallman, Bloomfield, and college President, Hernan de Solminihac Tampier.

“We are proud to partner with the Kallman Foundation to select the crew of the Astronaut Al Worden Endeavour Scholarship Mission Team #15 and participate in their introduction at the FIDAE Air Show,” said Solminihac. “From Calama in the north to Punta Arenas in the south and Santiago in between, this team will represent our entire country at Space Camp, and that experience will change their lives.”

For more information, visit www.endeavourscholarship.org


The United States Air Force (USAF) F-22 Raptor Demo Team will be presented at the International Air and Space Fair, FIDAE 2024, to be held from April 9 to 14, on the north side of Arturo Merino Benitez Airport, in Santiago, Chile.

The Demo Team performs precision aerial maneuvers at major air shows to demonstrate the unique capabilities of the world’s first 5th generation fighter aircraft. The team performs about 20 exhibitions a year, encompassing 10 million viewers.

The F-22 Demo Team is based at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia, and in March 2007 held its first display at Tyndall Air Force Base. Since then, it has performed more than 250 demonstrations around the world, and at FIDAE it has participated in the 2010, 2016, 2018 and 2022 editions, impressing the public with its power and agility.

The Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor is the main combat aircraft of the USAF, the only Air Force user of this $143 million aircraft. Its combination of stealth, supercruise, supermaneuvrability, and integrated avionics represents an exponential leap in air-to-air and air-to-ground combat capabilities. This weapon system is an essential part of the Global Strike Task Force and is designed to rapidly project air superiority over long distances.

The aircraft is 16 feet, 8 inches high; has a length of 62 feet, 1 inch; a wingspan of 44 feet; weighs 43,340 pounds and its maximum takeoff weight is 83,77 pounds. It has a range of 1,600 miles and a ceiling of above 50,000 feet.

The multirole fighter has a sophisticated sensor subsystem that together with its AN/APG-77 AESA radar, allows the pilot to track, identify, shoot, and destroy air-to-air threats before being detected. Significant advances in cockpit design and sensor fusion enhance the pilot’s situational awareness.

In air-to-air configuration it can carry AIM-120 AMRAAM and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles. In air-to-ground configuration it can internally carry GBU-32 1,000 lb JDAM bombs and employs on-board avionics for navigation and smart weapons launch support. In addition, it has a 20mm Glating M61A2 cannon.

Its powerplant is composed of two Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 turbofan engines with afterburners and two thrust vectoring nozzles which together enable it to achieve twice the speed of sound with supercruise capability (sustained supersonic flight condition without use of the afterburner) and supermaneuverability. This characteristic is the result of the sophisticated aerodynamic design, advanced flight controls, thrust vectoring and high thrust-to-weight ratio, giving it the ability to outmaneuver most fighter aircraft in operation today.

Embraer and the Brazilian Army sign contract for four additional SABER M60 radars

Acquiring the SABER M60 radars is part of the Strategic Planning of the Brazilian Army 2020-2023 and expands the Land Forces’ operational capacity. It shows the commitment to the constitutional mission of homeland defense and contributes to the expansion of partnerships between the public sector, academia and industry in order to seek mastery of critical technologies in the defense area.

As a result of the partnership between Embraer and the Brazilian Army in developing a low-altitude anti-aircraft artillery radar, the SABER M60 Radar is 100% developed in Brazil, having entered operation in 2010 when the first units were delivered to the Army. In 2019, the technological update phase was completed, resulting in version 2.0 which has already been exported.

The SABER M60 is a search radar that integrates a low-altitude anti-aircraft defense system to protect strategic points and areas, such as factories, power plants, and government facilities. With 3D technology, it has a range of 32 nautical miles and an altitude of up to 16,400 feet, with the ability to track up to 60 targets simultaneously, including automatic target detection and classification. Easy to assemble and transport, it can be assembled in 15 minutes and includes Low Probability Interception (LPI) technology, which allows it to identify targets without being easily identified.

The SABER M60 can be integrated into missile-based weapons systems or anti-aircraft cannons and can be customized to be integrated into any other air defense system, such as the Brazilian Aerospace Defense System.

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Embraer and the Brazilian Army Sign Contract for Phase Two of the SISFRON Program

“We are very pleased to sign the SISFRON Phase Two contract with Embraer, in continuation of the successful partnership and significant results already proven with the implementation of the Pilot Phase and complementing the operational capabilities of the Western Military Command,” said Army Science and Technology Department Chief, General Guido Amin Naves. “The SISFRON is technologically complex and of a strategic nature, which is why it is one of the Land Force’s structuring projects in partnership with Embraer, in the role of integrator, endowing the Brazilian Army with capabilities to execute its mission. Additionally, the program will enhance action taken by other government entities in the border area.”

The SISFRON implements a sensing and command and control structure in support of Land Forces’ operation, acting in an integrated way to strengthen the State’s presence and capacity to monitor and act on its borders, while enhancing the performance of other government entities with responsibilities over this area.

“The signing of the SISFRON Phase Two contract is an important recognition of Embraer’s investment and effort in the implementation of the Pilot Phase, making use of the company’s main competencies applied to land systems. We are sure that the continuity of the implementation with the next phase will enable us to retain and further develop knowledge and technologies that are critical to Brazil’s border surveillance area,” said Jackson Schneider, President and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security.

The implementation of the program has contributed to the increase of technological capacity, as well autonomy and sustainability of the industrial defense base, by means of the acquisition of high added value solutions and with the diversification of national exports. These actions contribute to the generation of jobs and income in the technology and infrastructure sectors.

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