Yesterday at LABACE Cessna unveiled the cabin mockup of the Citation Latitude for the first time in Brazil, giving show-goers the opportunity to see the type’s capacious cabin. Measuring 77 inches wide and 72 inches in height, the flat-floor cabin offers unprecedented headroom for an aircraft in the midsize class. Cessna offers two cabin configurations, coach and club, with seating for up to nine passengers. Six swivel seats form the basis of both configurations.
Here at LABACE Helibras is displaying the first example of the EC130T2 to arrive in Brazil. This latest version of the helicopter introduces a host of new features that the company hopes will maintain the EC130’s position as the dominant type in the large single-engine marketplace.
Bombardier Aerospace continues to expand its aftermarket service network in Latin America with the addition earlier this year of Brazil’s Maga Aviation as an authorized service facility for the Learjet 40 line.
Located at Aeroporto de Amarais Campinas in São Paulo state, Maga Aviation is home to more than 20 technicians working in a 2,230-sq-m (24,000-sq-ft) maintenance hangar. The facility works in close collaboration with Bombardier’s regional support office in São Paulo to provide integrated support to business aircraft customers based in or flying through the region.
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.
Beechcraft is back at the annual LABACE show for the first time since emerging from bankruptcy protection earlier this year with a revised business plan focused on its turboprop family of aircraft. Together with its regional distributor Líder Aviação, the U.S.
The tenth Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE) opens here at Congonhas Airport in São Paulo today. Brazil’s civil aviation minister Moreira Franco and the commandant of the Brazilian air force, Air Brigadier Saito, are expected to be the guests of honor at the opening ceremony and “ribbon cutting,” to be held at midday. Brazil’s business aviation community certainly needs friends in high places as it continues to insist that its operational needs are not overlooked as the country develops its air transport infrastructure.
Next year’s soccer World Cup in Brazil will result in around 3,000 business aircraft flying into and within Brazil, according to trip-support group United Aviation Services. The company says private aircraft could carry as many as 11 percent of all fans traveling to games for the tournament, in part due to somewhat limited commercial airline service.
FlightSafety International has received approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency for more than 140 of the Part 147 maintenance courses it offers. The approval was granted following a detailed review and evaluation of FlightSafety’s existing courses in accordance with the EASA Training Needs Analysis regulation 1149/2011.
The courses range from two to 25 days’ duration, and are aligned to the latest standards set by EASA as well as Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority, the Civil Aviation Administration of China and Transport Canada.
AAR has signed an agreement with the Chennault International Airport Authority to open its sixth North American aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Lake Charles, La., at Chennault International Airport. AAR will occupy approximately 520,000 sq ft of MRO service and administrative space at the facility and will be capable of supporting maintenance operations for all widebodies.
A UPS Airbus A300-600F en route from Louisville, Kentucky, to Birmingham, Alabama, crashed early Wednesday as it approached Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. The National Transportation Board said that it has launched a so-called go team to the crash site. Approaching Birmingham International’s Runway 18 shortly after 4:50 a.m.