The 10th edition of the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) opens tomorrow at Congonhas Airport in São Paulo. Brazil’s civil aviation minister, Moreira Franco, and the commandant of the Brazilian air force, Air Brigadier Saito, are expected to be the guests of honor at the opening ceremony and ribbon cutting.
Organized by the Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral (ABAG), Brazil’s business and general aviation association, the LABACE event is gearing up for 16,000 visitors over the three days, with approximately 100 exhibitors in one main hangar and around a static park replete with some 70 aircraft, from light piston singles to ultra-long-range business jets. The show is about the same size as last year’s event. ABAG chairman Eduardo Marson, who is also CEO of Eurocopter subsidiary Helibras, said that although there are fewer exhibitors this year, the ones that have booked have taken more space.
Speaking yesterday afternoon at a pre-show press conference, Marson ran through some of the recent developments in Brazil’s business aviation industry, including challenges faced in protecting and promoting its access to airports and having a role in planning new infrastructure.