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OGMA - Indústria Aeronáutica de Portugal, S.A.
ISINFAR 145, EASA 145 Repair Station, AQAP 211, ISO 9001-2008 Quality Management
Founded29th June 1918
HeadquartersAlverca, Portugal
ServicesMRO Services and Aerostructures
ParentEmbraer (65%), EMPORDEF(35%)
DivisionsOGMA MRO Services
OGMA Aerostructures

OGMA – Indústria Aeronáutica de Portugal S.A. is a Portuguese aerospace company providing maintenance services and manufacture of aerostructures. Its share capital is retained in 65% by Airholding SGPS consortium, part of Embraer. The remaining 35% are owned by EMPORDEF, retained by the government of Portugal.[1]


OGMA was founded as part of the reorganization of the Portuguese Army's Aeronautic Service in June 29, 1918, under the name Parque de Material Aeronáutico (Aeronautics Material Depot), with the responsibility of storing, repairing, manufacturing, and providing aeronautical material, as well as providing training to military aeronautic specialists and technicians.[2] Ten years later the Depot was renamed Oficinas Gerais de Material Aeronáutico. In 1994, the company acquired the designation of OGMA - Indústria Aeronáutica de Portugal SA, which continues today.[3]

OGMA began the construction of Caudron G-3 aircraft in 1922; followed by the manufacture, under English license, of Vickers Valparaiso aircraft in 1933;[4] Avro 626; de Havilland Tiger Moth aircraft[5] in 1938 and the construction of 66 DHC-1 Chipmunks in 1952.[6]

Three years later, OGMA sign the first contract with the US Navy. In 1959, it signed another contract with the US Air Force. In the 1970s the company receives the maintenance of C-130, P-3 Orion e Pumas.[7]

In 1972, OGMA starts its manufacture contract with Erocopter. In 1993, OGMA becomes an Authorized Maintenance Center for Rolls-Royce and for AE 2100/ AE 3007 Engines and, five years later, acquires the certification of Authorized Maintenance Center for ERJ 145 EMBRAER aircraft.[8]

In 2001, through "Mid Life Update" – MLU, "Falcon Up" and "Falcon Star" Programmes, the company starts the Programme for the Repairing and Modification of 40 F-16 Portuguese Air Force aircraft.[9]

In 2004, the privatization of OGMA was approved, between 35% of the capital of the organization held by the Portuguese Government and 65% by Airholding (Embraer and EADS).[1]

On July 10, 2006, OGMA inaugurated the Executive Jets Center, created to improve the maintenance services of the Embraer Legacy 600 and future business jets developed by Embraer.[10]

On November 15, 2013, Rodrigo Almeida Rosa is nominated the new president of OGMA, from the shareholder EMBRAER.[11]

Also, since 2013, OGMA is involved in the KC-390’s development program. At OGMA is manufactured the central fuselage fairing for the landing gear in metallic alloys, composite materials and elevons.[12]

The involvement of OGMA in the KC-390 program started during the planning and design of the aircraft, in direct partnership with Embraer. [13]

OGMA participated in the initial phase of the product (joint definition phase) and was responsible for the development and management of a chain of competitive and flexible supply, mainly based on Portuguese companies. The KC-390 was developed for a wide range of missions: personnel transport, airdrop of cargo and troops, refueling, medical evacuation and fire fighting. It is the most versatile aircraft in its category associated with the full life cycle of lower market.[14]

In 2016 OGMA achieved a sales volume of 195.4 million Euros and a profit of 10.1 million Euros. On April 10, 2017, Marco Tulio Pellegrini is named the new president of OGMA, coming from shareholder Embraer. Marco Tulio Pellegrini succeeded Rodrigo Rosa who, after three years leading the OGMA, assumed the position of CFO of Embraer EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa).[15]

Currently, OGMA is one of the main references in Maintenance, Aerostructures, Aeronautical Engineering and Fleet Management, having played a major role in the foundation of aeronautical industry in Portugal.[16]

OGMA completed 100 years on 29th June 2018. It’s the 6th company of the worldwide aeronautical sector to complete a century. It’s one of the oldest aeronautical companies in the world with a long and prestigious tradition. It has several governments, air forces and aviation companies as clients.[17] The centennial celebration was led by the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who distinguished a former employee with the Medal of the Order of Merit, which was given to a factory worker for the first time as a tribute to all former and current company employees.[18]


Global view of OGMA's facilities

OGMA - Indústria Aeronáutica de Portugal, S.A. is situated in Alverca, approximately 15 km north east of Lisbon International Airport, close to A1and A9 highways, adjacent to Alverca's railway station.[19]

With 140,000 sqm of covered facilities, OGMA dedicates 12 maintenance hangars for Commercial, Executive and Defense Aviation.[20] The occupied space also includes modern manufacturing facilities and extensive back shops.[19]

OGMA's vast area is provided with a 3,000m runway and control tower around the clock operations. The facilities can also be accessed by highway, railway and river pier.[21]


MRO services for Commercial, Executive and Defense Aviation, Engines, Components and Engineering, account for 71% of OGMA’s total business volume.

Among its services, OGMA is an authorized maintenance center for Embraer, Lockheed Martin, Eurocopter, and Rolls-Royce. Some aircraft maintained by OGMA include: C-130 Hercules, P-3 Orion, F-16 Fighting Falcon, Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet, CASA C-212, Embraer ERJ 145 family, Embraer E-Jet family, Airbus A320 family, Embraer Legacy 600, Embraer Legacy 650, Embraer Lineage 1000, AgustaWestland EH101, and EADS CASA C-295.[22]


As a supplier of integrated services to OEMs, OGMA has the capacity to provide assemblies and subassemblies of aircraft structures, covering a broad spectrum of products, such as metallic and composit structures, avionics, structures with harness integration and machine and sheet metal parts.[23]

OGMA is, simultaneously, an important supplier of integrated solutions for first tier suppliers, like EMBRAER, Dassault, Airbus Defence & Space, Lockheed Martin, Pilatus Aircraft, AgustaWestland and Airbus Helicopters.[24]

In the aerostructures area, OGMA develops activities in programmes such as PC12 Pilatus, Lockheed MartinC-130J, Embraer E190/E170, Eurocopter Dauphin NH-90, among others.

Within this business area, OGMA’s participation in the KC-390 project is an aspect worth mentioning. In a partnership with EMBRAER, the company invested around 35 million euros and created 180 jobs for the development and manufacture of KC-390 central fuselage, right and left sponsons, as well as its in-depth rudders.[25]


OGMA currently holds a wide range of domestic and foreign customers, both civil and military, being certificated as an Authorized Maintenance Center for EMBRAER, Lockheed Martin, Airbus and Rolls-Royce.[24]

The company is certified by several national and international entities, and is also an Authorized Maintenance Center for FAA Part 145, and EASA Part 145. Among the main quality certifications, OGMA has the following: AN/AS 9100 & 9110, ISO 9001-2000 Quality Management, ISO 14001, AQAP2110 e OHSAS 18001.

Besides these certifications, OGMA is an approved organization by EASA Part 21J (DOA), EASA Part 21G (POA) and CAMO (Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation).[24]


OGMA - Indústria Aeronáutica de Portugal, S.A. has three specialized offers:

  • OGMA MRO Services includes the MRO (Maintenance Repair and Overhaul) services dedicated to Defense, Commercial and Executive Aviation Clients, as well as for Aircraft Engines, Components and Engineering.
  • OGMA Aerostructures contemplates the assembly and subassembly of aircraft aerostructures, the manufacture of metallic and composit structures for OEM's and other first tier suppliers.[26]
  • OGMA Executive Aviation covers a set of specialized MRO services and specifically dedicated to Executive Aviation Clients.


OGMA has become one of the most relevant Portuguese aeronautical companies due to its action on a growing number of international markets, including 40 countries in all continents.[27]

Beyond Europe, to where the company supplies MRO services and Aerostructures, OGMA operates in many continents:[28]

  • Africa and Middle East: MRO Services (Defence and Executive Aviation)
  • Asia/Pacific region: MRO Services (Defence Aviation and Engines)
  • North America: MRO Services and Aerostructures
  • Latin America: MRO Services and Aerostructures[29]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "OGMA". www.ogma.pt. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  2. ^ Decreto-Lei nº 4526
  3. ^ "Welcome to OGMA" (PDF). www.ogma.pt.
  4. ^ "Dez décadas de força aérea - INCM". www.incm.pt. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  5. ^ "ex-OGMA: As OGMA no final de 1940". ex-ogma.blogspot.pt. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  6. ^ "ProjectoChipmunk: História". projectochipmunk.blogspot.pt. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  7. ^ ""Na aeronáutica aprende-se com a história" e a OGMA já sabe muito..." (PDF). Jornal de Negócios. June 30, 2008.
  8. ^ "Welcome to OGMA" (PDF). www.ogma.pt.
  9. ^ "Roll out of first Portuguese MLU". www.f-16.net. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  10. ^ www.nuova.com.br, Design: AG2 - www.ag2.com.br | Desenvolvimento: Nuova -. "EMBRAER OPENS DEDICATED EXECUTIVE JETS CENTER AT OGMA". www.embraer.com.br. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  11. ^ "Rodrigo Almeida Rosa nomeado novo presidente da OGMA". PÚBLICO. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  12. ^ "OGMA entrega à Embraer fuselagens centrais do avião KC390". Económico. Retrieved 2016-06-22.
  13. ^ "OGMA". www.ogma.pt.
  14. ^ "OGMA". www.ogma.pt.
  15. ^ "Embraer's Pellegrini to run OGMA division in Portugal". Reuters. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
  16. ^ Solutions, Infinite Business. "• OGMA – ao serviço da indústria aeronáutica e da inovação desde 1918". cip.org.pt. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  17. ^ "OGMA Ready for Centenary Anniversary". Aviation Maintenance Magazine. 26 September 2017.
  18. ^ "OGMA reúne colaboradores no seu 100.º aniversário - RHonline".
  19. ^ a b "OGMA location". www.ogma.pt.
  20. ^ "Lean C-130 Maintenance" (PDF). www.lockheedmartin.com.
  21. ^ "OGMA". www.ogma.pt. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  22. ^ "Our Portfolio" (PDF). OGMA. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  23. ^ "OGMA". www.ogma.pt. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  24. ^ a b c Solutions, Infinite Business. "• OGMA – ao serviço da indústria aeronáutica e da inovação desde 1918". cip.org.pt. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  25. ^ "Ogma aposta 35 milhões e 180 postos de trabalho no KC-390". PÚBLICO. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  26. ^ "OGMA, Corporate Presentation, official website" (PDF). www.ogma.pt.
  27. ^ "As 100 líderes na exportação" (PDF). Diário Económico. 2013-12-18.
  28. ^ "A Indústria Aeronáutica em Portugal" (PDF). www.fe.up.pt. Universidade do Porto.
  29. ^ "OGMA, General Brochure, official website" (PDF). www.ogma.pt.


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