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February 2, 2007, 8:51 AM

After a difficult year in 2003, Brazil’s largest executive charter company, TAM Taxi Aéreo Marília, saw better times last year, when its revenues increased to Real 105 million ($39.4 million)–up 15 percent from the previous year–with help from a recovery in the local economy.

February 2, 2007, 8:50 AM

Southwest Nebraska will receive its first-ever air ambulance in May–a Bell 407 operated by MedStar. Under current arrangements, hospitals or EMS agencies have to summon airborne services that are based nearly 100 miles away. The new flight service will be permanently based at McCook, Neb.

February 2, 2007, 8:50 AM

With two straight years of 8-percent economic growth, Argentina appears to be on the road to recovery, as does the country’s flag carrier airline, Aerolíneas Argentinas.

February 2, 2007, 8:49 AM

Bell 212, 412 and 412EP operators now have FAA STC approval to install Max-Viz’s EVS-1000 enhanced vision system.

February 2, 2007, 8:47 AM

Following the first Bell/Agusta AB139 delivery to Helilario, production is now ramping up to meet deliveries to international customers later this year. The company said it already has a “sizable” order book for the helicopter, corresponding to two years of production.

February 2, 2007, 8:46 AM

Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia-based UTair is supporting South Africa’s summer aerial firefighting campaign, under a new contract awarded by the national forest fire association.

February 2, 2007, 8:45 AM

While last year was a positive turning point for many of Brazil’s business aviation firms, some companies have been mostly unaffected by the rolling economic crises that have tormented the nation for the past five years.

February 2, 2007, 8:42 AM

Nearly six years after the creation of a civilian-run aviation agency was first proposed, Brazil’s civil aviation authority, Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC), has yet to become reality. But observers expect the nation will move away from full military control of civil aviation this year.

February 2, 2007, 8:40 AM

The past 12 months have not been the most thrilling, it has to be said, for anyone on the lookout for new Western helicopters. Apart from the first look at an intriguing new European tiltwing design, there has been little to report in terms of new initiatives from the major manufacturers.

February 2, 2007, 8:40 AM

The Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) returns to São Paulo, Brazil, for the third annual staging of this groundbreaking event (March 31 to April 2). The show is organized jointly by ABAG, Brazil’s business aviation association, and the U.S.

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