Growing abroad

There is no doubt that CATEC has become one of the most advanced technological centres in Spain and a reference in R&D in Europe, especially in areas such as drones and unmanned systems, robotics and industry 4.0, additive manufacturing (3D printing) or non-destructive inspection, which are already marking the present and future of the aerospace industry and other important productive sectors. And not because we say it, but the results that we have achieved throughout our 11 years of history and professional trajectory talk by themselves.

We announced some days ago a new milestone in the history of FADA-CATEC, and especially in our internationalization and growth process towards foreign markets. This is no other than the first project in the field of technological developments in 3D printing outside the European continent, thanks to the collaboration with the company INVAP Argentina, which means our leap crossing the ocean to Latin America, precisely in an area of great value such as components and parts manufacturing for satellites and launchers for the space sector.

In a year in which precisely the city of Seville is assuming and leading the presidency of the Community of Ariane Cities (CVA), and Andalusia is boosting its growth in the aeronautical sector reached in the last decade, we are convinced that this new CATEC project will contribute to show the high technological and industrial capacity that our industry has and to continue encouraging our companies to keep on on this good path, betting on R&D and high added value activities.

The latest figures for the year 2017 are again clear and consolidate Andalusia as a region that has not stopped growing in turnover, employment and exports in the aerospace sector, and that already faces the future with new challenges and illusions. The new strategic plan of the sector must be a key element in all this, and the base for the Andalusian aerospace sector to continue growing abroad, with the support of all the agents involved and with the R&D and the promotion of innovation as main allies. Only this way will strengthen our position as a of the fastest growing industries in the European and international level, and with better prospects for the coming years.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC


The Centre opens a new technical advisor service to enterprises to make new flights with UAV

With this service, CATEC offers the possibility of assessment for preparing the required documentation to accomplish the requirements of the new law of the State Air Security Agency (AESA)

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The Centre opens a new technical advisor service to enterprises to make new flights with UAV
CATEC with more than six years of experience in the development of unmanned air systems (UAS/RPAS) and operation of this kind of aircraft, has launched a new service for those enterprises interested in the document processing of the paperwork required by the State Air Security Agency (AESA) to make flights with UAS in Spain according to the new regulation approved by the Ministry of development.

These are the offered services:
• Portfolio documentation preparation with all the needed information to fulfil the previous requirements of the operation which include:
-Aircraft characterization
-Aeronautical safety study of the operation or operations
-Technical management of the permissions for the execution of testing flights before the operation and certifying documentation of its completion.
-Operation manual and maintenance programme preparation for any kind of aircraft(fixed wing, rotary wing, multirotor)
-Technical assistance in the execution of testing flights to require to show that operations can be done in a safety way.
-Advising in insurance’s obtaining or in the preparation and management of any kind of additional information.

CATEC has specialized personal and wide experience in preparing permissions with AESA, having prepared for example permissions for flight UNVEX 2012 y 2014 and for the ATLAS Test Flight Center. In the same way it participated last year with this entity in the workshops of the Spanish Community of RPAS where the new regulation about UAS in Spain has been given shape.

For further information about the technical advisor service of RPAS:

October 23rd 2014
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