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New Yearbook Shows Faster GA Growth In Brazil

 - August 11, 2013, 9:00 AM
Eurocopter EC120B Colibri. (Photo: Kirby J. Harrison)

With a new total of 13,965 aircraft, Brazil’s general aviation fleet numbered almost 900 more units in 2012 than in 2011, according to data released this week in the third annual edition of the Handbook of Brazilian General Aviation. The yearbook, which is published by Brazilian industry association ABAG, shows the local fleet having grown at 6.7 percent last year–a slightly larger increase over the 2011 to 2012 rate.

Additions to the fleet include six trijets, 95 twinjets, 119 singles and 56 twin-engine helicopters. This new edition of the handbook also includes a broader array of data about the Brazilian business aircraft fleet. It estimates the combined value of the local market at $13.6 billion for last year, which was 16 percent up on 2011.

The valuation numbers shine a new light on the fleet’s composition. The country’s total of 16 trijets accounts for 0.11 percent of the fleet by number, but 4 percent by value. A total of 35 percent of the Brazilian fleet’s value is accounted for by twinjets, another 23 percent is twin-engine helicopters and 13 percent are twin-turboprop fixed-wing aircraft. The country’s 8,008 piston single aircraft accounted for 57 percent of the total fleet in 2012 but only 7 percent of the combined value.

ABAG began publishing the handbook to make information on the size of the fleet more readily available to policymakers. Authorities in Brazil have to deal with a situation in which rising demand for commercial airline service is putting pressure on the country’s limited aviation infrastructure.

Yeb Inteligência de Mercado, which edits the yearbook, used the most recent data available from three government agencies to profile general aviation traffic at the country’s largest airports. For example, in 2012 instruction flights increased 63 percent and surpassed air taxies to become the second-largest group of GA operations with 25 percent of total movements. Another surprise is that in 2012 helicopters were the most used aircraft type, representing 35 percent of GA flights.


For the 20 busiest airports, information such as runway length and ramp space is given, as well as some characteristics of the aerodromes to which connections are made: public or private, paved or unpaved, and so forth. Tables also show the type of aircraft used at each airport, and the purpose of the flights.

The Brazilian fleet is also broken out by state and region. The central-west region grew the most at 8 percent, and 44 percent of the total fleet is located in the states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais and Mato Grosso.