The Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region is home to more than 5,000 business aircraft–2,457 jets 2,588 turboprops–according to current data from aviation data services firm JetNet. This represents 14.8 percent of the world’s fixed-wing business turbine fleet, despite the region’s 6.6-percent share of world gross domestic product (GDP).
AgustaWestland is displaying two of its lighter helicopters here at the LABACE show in the form of a Power and a GrandNew, and will also unveil the cabin interior for its new AW169 helicopter. Interior configurations and entertainment options will be promoted for the 4.5-metric-ton light/intermediate machine.
Airbus Corporate Jets doesn’t do small business jets. The entry level into the ACJ world is the ACJ318, based on the 100-plus-seat A318 airliner. The top end of the range reaches right up to the ACJ380 based on the world’s largest commercial aircraft. And such aircraft do not come cheap, especially when outfitted to a luxurious standard.
World Fuel Services’ Air Elite Network (Booth 3010) launched a new loyalty reward program, Diamond Dividends, here at the LABACE show. World Fuel also added the Orion Jet Center in Miami, Florida, to its network of FBOs.
Embraer Executive Jets has opened new facilities at its contact center to provide operational, technical and maintenance support for its fleet of business jets. Since the center opened in 2009, Embraer’s fleet has quintupled in size to 780 aircraft in 50 countries. The contact center, which is located in Embraer’s São José dos Campos headquarters in Brazil, operates 24 hours a day 365 days a year and provides personalized service from the first contact to the final solution for customer needs, anywhere in the world.
StandardAero’s Component Services, located in Cincinnati, Ohio (SACS-USA), has expanded its component repair and development facilities with the addition of new capabilities at its campus in Winnipeg, Manitoba (SACS-Canada).
BBA Aviation’s engine maintenance subsidiary Dallas Airmotive (Booth 3008) has named Henry Lisboa as its new sales director for Central and South America.
Helibrás (Chalet 5104) has received the Brazilian “Blue Line” Internal Revenue Service qualification, making the company the only helicopter manufacturer authorized to use the system–which helps it to streamline customer support. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Airbus Helicopters.
Superior Tube has named Wade Burchell as aerospace market manager. Burchell joined the company at its facility in Collegeville, Penn. last May, having previously held director-level sales and marketing positions with a number of aerospace businesses. His 22 years of experience, gained across international markets, cover aircraft and aerospace products, ground support equipment and military subcontract manufacturing. Wade is also a Naval Academy graduate and retired U.S. Navy pilot with more than 20 years’ service.
Rockwell Collins announced at the LABACE show that the Vector SMS available to its Arinc Direct customers has been approved by Bermuda’s Department of Civil Aviation to meet its requirement for safety management systems. The Vector program integrates with the Arinc Direct flight operation system, enabling users to identify risks and hazards, which can then be addressed through guidance or advisories. “Safety management systems are becoming a standard throughout the aviation industry worldwide,” said Bob Richard, staff vice president, Arinc Direct for Rockwell Collins (Booth 4002).