- January 5, 2007, 9:52 AM
Citing a desire by the Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral (ABAG) to assume a more extensive role in organizing the annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE), NBAA yesterday announced, “After three years, ABAG is moving into the lead and will coordinate the event from São Paulo.” The shift will make ABAG the primary party responsible for the production of LABACE 2007, including organization of the exhibit floor, static display of aircraft and other event elements. NBAA, for its part, will continue to support the event through “promotions and participation by NBAA president Ed Bolen” in the event program. Since it was launched, LABACE has struggled to find overall support from the broader Latin American aviation community and last year’s event was canceled “because of a combination of factors, including construction at Congonhas Airport.” This year’s show is scheduled for August 9 to 11 in São Paulo, with the specific site still to be determined. “ABAG is committed to continuing the tradition of excellence for LABACE,” said association chairman Rui Thomas de Aquino.