The Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (Labace) has not only matured this year but has become a financial cornerstone for the organizing Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral (Abag, General Aviation Association of Brazil), according to one of the show's founders, OceanAir Táxi Aéreo marketing and sales director Jose Eduardo Brandão.
Embraer is opening its first wholly owned subsidiary in China. Embraer China Aircraft Technical Services (ECA) will be based in Beijing and the company estimates the project will cost about $18 million. Embraer has had a presence in China since May 2000, when it opened an office in Beijing as a first step toward eventually establishing a technical services facility.
Coming off a record show last year–13,342 visitors, 110 exhibitors and 60 aircraft– organizers of the Latin American Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition are anticipating an even bigger show this year, to be held from August 12 to 14 at Congonhas Airport near downtown São Paulo.
Dallas Airmotive, BBA Aviation’s engine repair and overhaul (ERO) company, has opened a sales and service regional headquarters in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The facility will support military, commercial, business and general aviation aircraft in Brazil and the wider region with technical assistance, import/export management, logistics, field service and line replaceable unit stocking. It is located near Pampulha Airport in Belo Horizonte.
Embraer started construction of a factory in Portugal and is due to open it before the end of 2011. The 161,000-sq-ft facility at Evora will manufacture complex composite airframe structures and components for the Brazilian company’s business aircraft and airliners. A ground-breaking event held in late July was attended by Portugal’s prime minister, José Socrates, and Embraer president and CEO Frederico Fleury Curado.
Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling in June said Brazil is to become his company’s “fourth domestic country,” after France, Germany and Spain. Pointing out the country wants to build its helicopter industry into a major player–like Embraer in regional jets–he said Helibras, a 70-percent-owned local subsidiary, will expand. Over the coming years, it will double in size and staff (workforce currently stands at 300).
Hawker Beechcraft King Air B350, Porto Segura, Brazil, May 23, 2009–Operated by Metered Holdings, the turboprop twin crashed approximately 200 yards short of Runway 15 at private Terravista airport (SBTV) at the end of a flight from Congonhas-São Paulo International Airport. The pilot and all 13 passengers were killed and the aircraft sustained substantial damage.
The annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (Labace) is scheduled to open August 13 and run for three days at Congonhas Airport in downtown São Paulo, Brazil. According to organizers, approximately 80 percent of the more than 100 exhibitors already signed up are U.S.
Brazilian airplane manufacturer Embraer plans to appeal a local labor court’s decision that set March 13 as the official date for the start of the company’s layoffs, a company spokesperson told AIN today. Embraer also said it will appeal the court’s use of the word “abusive” in its characterization of the company’s actions.
Embraer will remove an entire layer of its management structure as part of a plan to lay off 20 percent of its 21,362-strong workforce, the company announced on February 19. In a prepared statement, Embraer said it would concentrate the cuts in production and administration areas, while it keeps the “significant majority” of the engineering workforce to continue new product and technology development.