Centra Tecnico de Aeronautica, established at Sao Jose dos Campos as aeronautical research center in late 1950s by Brazilian Air Ministry; CTA originally had two divisions. A group within the IPD (Research and Development Division), Departamento de Aeronaves (q.v.) or PAR, was responsible for the BF-1 Beija-Flir (Humming Bird) two-seat helicopter, first to be designed, built and flown in Brazil.

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