Flight Display Systems continued its push to gain entry into the large-aircraft market with its presence at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition in March.
Aviation International News » May 2005
After several years of weak sales in Brazil, Swiss aircraft manufacturer Pilatus recently announced plans to remedy the situation by signing OceanAir Táxi Aéreo as its new sales representative in that country.
Bombardier arrived in style at LABACE 2005, bringing with it a Global 5000, a Global Express, a Challenger 300 and Special Edition Learjet 60 for the static display, and announcing the sale of two of its new Global 5000s to launch customers in Central and South America.
Even as planning began for LABACE 2006, the dates had not been announced as AIN went to press pending selection of a new venue. In São Paulo this year, ripples of discontent with the show were sufficient to dampen even the spirits of NBAA president Ed Bolen.
LABACE, the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition, is a success, at least in terms of scale, but the show is not without its growing pains.
Cosponsored by NBAA and the Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral (ABAG, the Brazilian association of general aviation), it is a modest exhibition, especially when compared with the much larger EBACE and the NBAA Convention.
Jet Aviation has announced that it will invest between $8 and $10 million to build an FBO at Viracopos Airport in Campinas, about 62 miles from São Paulo. The operation will be Jet Aviation’s first in Latin America and will offer aircraft maintenance and ground services.
Like beauty, the fine points of international flying can be in the eyes of the beholder. Although the destinations may vary, the best answers to mission-related problems for any operator emerge from good questions. They include:
• How experienced is the crew in the aircraft and with the destination?
• Will a trip planner be necessary or useful?
Each year, hundreds of pilots and managers from all over the U.S. attend the International Operators Conference (IOC) to learn the latest tips about how to cross thousands of miles of ocean or jungle safely and efficiently when they are headed to and from exotic destinations around the globe.
Security, crew fatigue and the potential for bureaucracy to inhibit operations, particularly on longer flights outside the region, are among the greatest concerns of European-based corporate-aircraft users. Apart from some concern about airport slot restrictions, which might be combined with ATC delays, operators reported no serious issues for cross-border flights within Europe.
International flying is up, probably. While we can’t prove this precisely, many aviation professionals who attended this year’s NBAA International Operators Conference (IOC), which opened March 14 in Colorado Springs, told AIN their hours flown outside the U.S. are increasing.