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ABAG Yearbook: Brazilian General Aviation By The Numbers

 - August 12, 2014, 12:20 AM

ABAG, the Brazilian general aviation association, has just published its influential annual yearbook, which compiles a wide range of economic and operational data about business and general aviation activities in the country. Now in its fourth edition, the ABAG Yearbook is a trusted reference for a wide range of parties, including Brazil’s air force-run air traffic control organization, and ANAC, the national civil aviation agency.

“The Yearbook is ABAG’s most beautiful child. It’s four years old, but it has the face of a grown-up,” said Ricardo Nogueira, the association’s director general. “Some authorities still, in 2014, confuse air transportation and airlines. General aviation is a strategic sector, which has a lot of weight, and it’s being ill-treated.

“I’m happy when data on aviation is published, and ABAG is given as the source,” he added. “I like it when I go to a meeting at the Secretariat of Civil Aviation, and some authority shows a slide, and the source of the data is given as ABAG.”

Compiled by a team led by economist Felix Yéboles, the Yearbook is the result of thousands of telephone calls and six months of statistical analysis. This year’s publication is supported by Shell, Lider, BR Aviation (Petrobras fuel), Aerovale (Caçapava airport) and Synerjet.

New to the latest edition, which is two-thirds larger than the 2013 Yearbook, is a section on economic data. It also details socio-economic benefits for users and the population at large, fleet distribution by region and aircraft type, and major airport movements. In the near future ABAG is planning to include an expanded airport database.

Covering 14,648 aircraft, 813,000 movements, 33 major airports and 1.9 million flying hours, the figures published in the new edition show that Brazil’s business fleet grew by 4.9 percent in number during 2013, taking it past Mexico as the world’s second largest. The overall fleet value has increased by 16 percent, up to $12.4 billion. In terms of usage, the sector with the biggest increase was training, while helicopters and turboprops each jumped by 9 percent.

Overall movements were slightly down last year, compared with 2012, as were air taxi charter operations, which fell by 13 percent. This has been a steady downward trend as corporations have turned to purchasing their own aircraft instead of using charter companies. However, while air taxi operations are down, this has not necessarily translated into a drop in revenue for the operators, who have increasingly branched out into offering other services.