Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Central & South America

the skyline of sao paulo, brazil

For more than 70 years, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has maintained a strong relationship with Brazil.

In 1943, Brazil’s Air Minister, Joaquim Pedro Salgado Filho, toured Embry-Riddle in Miami. He was so impressed with the operations, he asked John Riddle to establish a location in Brazil.

In October 1943, plans were announced to establish Escola Técnica de Aviacão São Paulo, the nation’s first flight training school. After the approval of the U.S. and Brazilian governments, classes started in November 1943. By early 1944, the school had basic aircraft, engines, and instrument departments.

Today, Embry-Riddle continues to grow with Brazil and its soaring aviation and aerospace industries.

According to the Brazilian Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC), the country has seen a 194-percent jump in aviation growth in the past decade, while pilot training capacity and demand is expected to continue to climb over the next 20 years.

“Brazil is part of Embry-Riddle’s history. It’s also a key player in our future,” said Worldwide Chancellor John R. Watret, Ph.D., FRAeS. “It is a country experiencing a tremendous demand for advanced pilot training, so it’s vital that Embry-Riddle be part of that solution.”

For more information about Embry-Riddle in Central & South America, contact Maria Ritter, Assistant Director of Operations for Central and South America: and +55-11-4410-ERAU