The LABACE show’s 11th edition opens today with the mood of Brazilian business and general aviation cautiously optimistic. “Once more in 2013 the market grew by 5 to 6 percent, as it has for the last decade,” Eduardo Marson, president of industry group ABAG told a press conference here in São Paulo on Friday.
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Aviation Partners, Inc. (API) will this week start installing the first set of its high-Mach blended winglets on a Brazilian-registered Dassault Falcon 50. An existing U.S. FAA supplemental type certificate has been approved by Brazil’s ANAC agency. The U.S. company received FAA approval for the modification earlier this year.
Brazilian business aviation faces a squeeze between official restrictions and unofficial competition, vying with airline traffic for limited slots at the country’s major airports and with illegal “pirate” air taxi services for customers. Hosting the World Cup soccer tournament at 12 host cities around the country in June and July served as a stress test of the country’s aviation infrastructure. Although no major problems occurred, many, including industry group ABAG, feel that business aviation was sacrificed for that apparent success–and that this does not bode well.
Business aircraft operators will be able to get information about a variety of travel risks on their iPhones and iPads through a new app being launched here at the LABACE show by MedAire (Booth 3012). The MedAire Trip Ready app allows uses to search locations by ICAO airport codes to find updated information on factors such as health and safety risks, as well as an array of useful data on topics such as hotels and restaurants.
UAS International Trip Support, with regional headquarters in several cities around the world, has brought members of its Americas team to LABACE 2014. Leading the team, which is based in Houston, Texas, are Jay Ammar Husary, UAS senior director-operations and sales, and Ryan Frankhouser, regional director, UAS Americas. Also here at LABACE is São Paolo-based Carlos Vieira, UAS business development manager for South America.
The 11th annual LABACE is set to open on Tuesday at São Paulo Congonhas Airport, Brazil, but with a reconfigured venue. The hangar that housed exhibit booths at previous LABACE shows is only partly available this year, so organizer Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral (Abag), Brazil’s business and general aviation association, has instead rented a large tent that will be positioned at the entrance. It will, however, have less space for exhibits than the hangar.
Business and general aviation flying in the U.S. has seen 15 months of growth, BBA Aviation CEO Simon Pryce noted on Tuesday during the company’s second-quarter investor call. Large-cabin jet flying in the U.S. has experienced 15 months of growth and is up 5 percent year-over-year in the first half; midsize jets, six months, 1-percent growth; and light jets, nine months, 3-percent growth. Business and general aviation movements in Europe declined by 1 percent year-over-year, he said. Pryce is predicting continued recovery in the North American market in the second half.
NBAA will award Robert “Bob” Hoover and R.W.“Bill” de Decker with its Meritorious Service to Aviation Award and John P. “Jack” Doswell Award, respectively. The awards, among the highest ones given by the association, will be presented in October at the 2014 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Orlando, Fla. The Meritorious Service to Aviation award is given to individuals who, by virtue of a lifetime of personal dedication, have made significant identifiable contributions that have materially advanced aviation interests.
Malaysian company Aspirasi Pertiwi signed an agreement to invest in Kunovice, Czech Republic-based Evektor, which will help fund final development and production of the twin-engine EV-55 Outback utility airplane. The companies expect the June 26 agreement will eventually reach a total investment of $200 million.