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August 13, 2014, 1:00 AM
Quest Aircraft expects its Kodiak turboprop single will perform well in a number of roles in Latin America, including meeting transportation needs for vacationing city-dwellers. (Photo: David McIntosh)

Quest Aircraft do Brasil has brought its company-owned Kodiak demonstrator turboprop single to LABACE to show off the versatility of the multi-function design. The company was established last December to be the exclusive distributor for the Kodiak in Brazil, and is in an advanced state of negotiation for the sales of three aircraft. It sees the region as an ideal market for the single turboprop.

August 13, 2014, 12:40 AM

Being shown in Latin America for the first time is the MAGnificent interior for the Bell 429 helicopter, created by the Mecaer Aviation Group (MAG, Booth 1009). The VVIP interior has been designed with a range of amenities, including a center console with access to storage, insulated drink container and USB ports.

August 13, 2014, 12:20 AM
With a new five-blade Hartzell propeller leading the way, Daher-Socata’s TBM 900 is a winner. (Photo: David McIntosh)

Algar Aviation is here at LABACE 2014 showing the Daher-Socata TBM 900, the latest member of the TBM family of single-turboprop business airplanes. Algar is the exclusive distributor of the TBM 900 in Brazil.

To date, Algar has sold five TBM 900s in Brazil. The aircraft on display in São Paulo is the first example to arrive in the country. There are now 23 TBM airplanes based in Brazil.

August 13, 2014, 12:10 AM

Starting September 1, owners and operators of Brazil-based aircraft equipped with suitable Garmin avionics will be able to get streamlined access to Iridium satellite communications services using Garmin Connext. The new service is available under an arrangement announced by Satcom Direct here at the LABACE show this week.

August 12, 2014, 6:20 PM
Rockwell Collins Venue Cabin

A business aircraft cabin wouldn’t be complete without a full range of electronics, with the most important for many passengers being Wi-Fi capability, to download presentations and documents, access e-mail and conduct Internet research. 

August 12, 2014, 6:00 PM
Dassault Falcon Jet brought its flagship 7X (foreground) and 2000LXS/S models to LABACE, highlighting the airframer’s conviction that Latin America is an important market. (Photo: David McIntosh)

Dassault Falcon Jet is investing in a major expansion of its Sorocaba maintenance facility over the next few months “to better accommodate the demands of Brazilian and other South American customers.” The expansion of the Dassault Aircraft Services-Sorocaba facility will add 10,000 sq ft (929 sq m) of hangar space, significantly boosting the existing 23,000-sq-ft (2,137-sq-m) building and “reinforcing our ability to serve the anticipated demand,” said John Rosanvallon, president and CEO of Dassault Falcon Jet.

August 12, 2014, 3:40 PM

The Embraer Legacy 500 received type certification from Brazil’s civil aviation agency, Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC), this afternoon during a ceremony at LABACE 2014 in São Paulo, Brazil. The company expects to obtain FAA approval for its clean-sheet, fly-by-wire midsize business jet “in the upcoming weeks” and from EASA “thereafter.”

August 12, 2014, 3:14 PM

Business aircraft flying in the U.S. rose for the eighth straight month, with activity in July up 1.5 percent from a year ago, according to data released yesterday by aviation services company Argus. And it appears that this indicator is gaining strength again this month, with Argus projecting a 1.4-percent year-over-year rise for August.

Part 91 activity once again is leading the pack, climbing by 2.7 percent from a year ago, followed by fractional flying with a 2-percent gain. Part 135 charter flight activity slipped a bit last month, falling by 0.4 percent year-over-year.

August 12, 2014, 3:06 PM

The LABACE show’s 11th edition opened today at São Paulo’s Congonhas Airport, with the mood of Brazilian business and general aviation cautiously optimistic. “Once more in 2013 the market grew by 5 to 6 percent, as it has for the last decade,” said Eduardo Marson, president of Brazilian business aviation industry group and LABACE organizer ABAG.

August 12, 2014, 2:59 PM

Surf Air placed an order for up to 65 Pilatus PC-12 NG turboprop singles–15 firm and 50 options–worth an estimated $312 million, the company told AIN. It has also raised another $8 million in funding, for a total of $17 million. Deliveries of the new PC-12s begin in October, with three planned this year and nine next year.

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