AINalerts » August 14, 2013

August 14, 2013 - 3:31pm

Brazil has the second-largest GA fleet in the world after the U.S., according to the third-annual Brazilian Yearbook of General Aviation released by Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral (ABAG) today at LABACE. At the end of last year, the Brazilian general and business aviation fleet totaled 13,965 registered aircraft worth $13.4 billion.

ABAG director general Ricardo Nogueira said the business aviation fleet in Brazil grew 6.7 percent last year, with long-range jets and helicopters representing the biggest growth areas at 16 percent and 14 percent, respectively.

August 14, 2013 - 3:19pm

Bombardier’s annual Safety Standdown Latin America, held in São Paulo over the past two days, drew a record number of participants, confirming the event’s status as a key part of the build up to LABACE, which officially opened today. According to event manager Janet Schiebelhut, the fourth Safety Standdown Latin America drew 325 registered attendees, with 285 present on the first day for six workshops.

The first Safety Standdown at LABACE 2010 had 125 people sign up in advance, and about 190 attended.

August 14, 2013 - 3:12pm

This week at LABACE 2013, Embraer has moved from its usual chalet near the show entrance to the other end of the static display ramp, where it has room for its entire line-up, including the Phenom 100 and 300, Legacy 650 and Lineage 1000, as well as the third Legacy 500 in the certification program and a Legacy 450 cabin mockup. The Legacy 500 is also making its LABACE debut.

August 14, 2013 - 3:07pm

Nextant Aerospace brought its 400XTi business jet to LABACE this week to make the type’s Latin American debut, following a visit last year by the company’s 400XT. The company sees Brazil as a major opportunity for the $4.95 million remanufactured aircraft, which Nextant believes is a perfect fit for many requirements in the region.

August 14, 2013 - 3:00pm

Plans to develop São Paulo’s first privately owned business aviation airport appear to have hit a roadblock, with local authorities recently refusing a construction permit for Aerodromo Privado Rodoanel (Beltway Private Airport), despite the airport’s obtaining Brazil federal government approval on July 25. The local authorities have rejected the airport on the grounds that the project is not part of the city’s master development plan and because of concerns about a nearby reservoir.

August 14, 2013 - 2:55pm

The fifth annual Business Aviation in Latin America summit will open tomorrow morning in São Paulo at LABACE. The seminar will explore the latest developments in the business aviation industry and new challenges and opportunities for the future. The BALA summit has grown in size and scope every year, and more than 80 attendees are expected at this year’s event.

August 14, 2013 - 2:50pm

StandardAero appointed Leo Mendoza as the new regional sales leader for its Latin American airlines and fleets business. Mendoza’s appointment complements the company’s objectives to expand its business footprint and overall investment in the Latin American region, augmenting its existing market leadership and highlighting its capabilities in turboprop and turbofan maintenance, repair and overhaul. Mendoza has a background in aviation sales management with Pratt & Whitney and MTU.

August 14, 2013 - 2:40pm

Fuel logistics company World Fuel Services recently opened an office in São Paulo, with native Paulistano Celso Azuma appointed as business aviation sales executive for the region. The new office provides local “boots on the ground” expertise that will enable the company to serve the needs of FBOs and flight departments more effectively. The office handles the supply of Ascent brand aviation fuel, as well as the Alliance-World Fuel Services contract fuel program and other WFS business aviation-related products and services.

August 14, 2013 - 2:35pm

Fuel supplier Air BP is establishing an Operators University at Campo de San Marte Airport in São Paulo. At the new facility, Air BP instructors will train personnel using a range of pneumatic and hydraulic training simulators, cutting tools and a representative aircraft wing to practice both regular refueling operations and safety procedures. Trainees are assessed during and after the course.

August 14, 2013 - 2:45am

Helibras is displaying the first example of the EC130T2 to arrive in Brazil this week at LABACE. This latest version of the helicopter introduces new features that the company hopes will maintain the EC130’s position as the dominant type in the large single-engine helicopter marketplace. Having arrived just a few weeks ago from the Eurocopter factory, the EC130T2 was reassembled at the Helibras facility at Itajubá, where it was also painted with a new type of ecologically friendly water-based paint.

 

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