Aviation

August 12, 2013 - 10:00am

As the aircraft charter industry in Latin America expands and becomes more organized, it is becoming clear that a major problem facing the segment is that of illegal charter operations.

According to Alexis Javkin, director of Toluca-based fractional operator MexJet, “It is one of the biggest issues we’re fighting now in Mexico. At MexJet and our parent company, Aerolínas Ejecutivas, we invest a lot of money in safety and certification. And while it is difficult to compete with operators who do not, we consider that safety and security are not negotiable.”

August 12, 2013 - 9:50am

Lion Air, Indonesia’s largest domestic carrier, is expanding its routes and training facilities, having ordered 20 Cessna 172s and one Boeing 737-900ER simulator, its third, to shore up an impending need for pilots. The budget carrier has placed orders for more than 500 narrowbodies with Boeing and Airbus; it currently has a fleet of 96 aircraft.

August 12, 2013 - 9:45am

Three of the four shareholders of the defunct Spirit of Manila Airlines (SMA) plan to relaunch and rebrand the Filipino carrier next year. According to Aldo Lance Lopez, an original stakeholder in SMA who expects to hold a 20-percent stake in the new low-cost carrier (LCC), the existing investors hope to add a foreign partner.

This marks the second attempt to relaunch the carrier. The first effort, launched last year, fizzled when a potential foreign investor pulled out after negotiations ended in a stalemate.

August 12, 2013 - 9:40am

The Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) joint venture has in recent weeks signed additional airline customers for its Boeing 737NG split scimitar winglet modification since receiving a firm commitment from launch customer United Airlines in January. The new winglet design improves upon the aerodynamic efficiency of APB’s blended winglet for the 737NG, enabling an estimated 2-percent extra reduction in fuel consumption.

August 11, 2013 - 4:00pm
Bell Helicopter

TAM Aviação Executiva (Stand 1015), representing Bell Helicopter in Brazil, is rolling out the red carpet for the OEM’s new “short light single” (SLR) helicopter.

August 10, 2013 - 1:10pm
United Airlines split-scimitar winglets

By the end of this year, the Aviation Partners Boeing joint venture is expected to receive certification of the new split-scimitar winglet for the Boeing 737. This modification should be of interest to Boeing BBJ owners, too. A United Airlines 737-800 equipped with the split scimitar winglet made its first flight on July 16 at Boeing’s Everett, Washington plant. United is retrofitting its 737-800 and -900ER fleet with the new winglets, starting early next year after certification is complete.

August 10, 2013 - 12:00pm

The key topic of aviation safety, which preceded LABACE 2013 with the Bombardier Safety Standdown, will follow it on August 17, as Brazil’s CENIPA has organized a full-day National Symposium on the Prevention of Aeronautic Accidents, for 600 participants from all facets of the aviation community. The event will include simultaneous translation and will take place at the Transamêrica Hotel.

August 10, 2013 - 11:00am
Vector Aerospace

Canadian company Vector Aerospace is in the planning stages for its first maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) subsidiary and service center in Latin American. Senior executives from the company, which already has MRO facilities in 21 countries on six continents, along with its local representatives are at LABACE (Stand 3005) to discuss their services with local operators.

August 10, 2013 - 10:00am
King Air twin turboprops

Three aircraft modification specialists with major markets in Latin America, and in particular in Brazil, have joined forces at the LABACE show with a one-stop-shop exhibit (Stand 5005) featuring performance-enhancing technologies. In many ways, the products offered by Blackhawk Modifications, BLR Aerospace and Raisbeck Engineering complement one another, and combined may result in even better performance results, according to the U.S. companies.

August 10, 2013 - 9:00am
Honeywell PlaneView cockpit

Business aviation’s hopes for the famous BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) were somewhat dented last year by mixed economic fortunes across the board, but they continue to be the focus of long-term optimism.

 
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