Former Embraer president and CEO Mauricio Botelho was honored at the opening general session of the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) in August as the Brazilian Emeritus Aviation Personality. Botelho accepted the award on behalf of the company for which he assumed responsibility in 1995. The year before, Embraer had recorded losses of $330 million on revenues of just $250 million.
Aviation International News » November 2008
Helicopter modification and interior completion specialist Texas Aviation Services has been providing services to the Latin American helicopter community for more than three decades and continues to broaden its customer base there.
If your FBO has a runway on one side and a major highway on the other, and you can’t buy or lease the space on either side, what do you do to expand your hangar accommodations? Aroldo Cardoso, president of Premier Aéreo, adjacent to Runway 17 at São Paulo’s Congonhas Airport, picked the only other direction–down. By early next year, Premier Aéreo will have completed work on a new 161,400-sq-ft hangar under the existing FBO facility.
Brazil’s Departmento de Controle do Escaço Aéreo (DECEA, Department of Airspace Control) has decided to deploy Jeppesen’s total airspace and airport modeler (TAAM) software at its newly created simulator laboratory in São Jose dos Campos, Brazil. Jeppesen will provide advice and user support to ensure DECEA receives the full benefit from its investment. This includes installation, commission, system testing and training.
High above the miles-long ribbons of daily traffic jams in Brazil’s largest city, São Paulo, there is luxurious freedom in the more than 420 helicopters that flit from rooftop to rooftop. According to Cleber Mansur, president of the Brazilian Helicopter Pilots Association, that number will approach 460 helicopters by 2010. And, he added, there are currently 260 helipads in this sprawling metropolis of more than 3,000 square miles.
There is an old joke in Brazil that this largest of Latin American nations “is a country of the future, and always will be.” But things have a way of changing.
Fractional provider Executive AirShare (EAS) has acquired Fort Worth, Texas-based FSJet, which has an order for 14 Embraer Phenom 100s. Some of these very light jets have been pre-sold and will be managed by Executive Flight Services, which also was recently bought by EAS. The unsold aircraft will be placed in EAS’s fractional ownership program or sold outright and managed by Executive Flight Services.
Flexjet, Bombardier’s fractional ownership subsidiary, has launched a carbon-offset program for its fractional owners. The company has selected Climate Care, a leading offset provider and division of J.P. Morgan’s environment markets group, as a partner in the new initiative.
Not everyone in the business aviation forecast industry sees only moderate turbulence ahead. With regard to those hefty backlogs the airframers are banking on to help them weather the storm, business aviation analyst Brian Foley Associates is warning clients that some manufacturers can expect double-digit percentage order cancellations.
Despite a recent executive shake-up at Bell Helicopter, company executives insist that the new $4.865 million (2007) Model 429 light twin will receive certification approval early next year and that first customer deliveries will begin shortly thereafter.