Flying commercially using a single-engine aircraft under instrument flight rules (SECIFR) or at night may be taken for granted in the U.S., but it has not been possible in Europe–until now. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has cracked the door open–first for cargo operators and more recently, in the past few months, for flights carrying fare-paying passengers. It has left the decision to individual countries’ regulators, however, and France and Finland have taken the lead.
Brazil has the second-largest GA fleet in the world after the U.S., according to the third-annual Brazilian Yearbook of General Aviation released by Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral (ABAG) today at LABACE. At the end of last year, the Brazilian general and business aviation fleet totaled 13,965 registered aircraft worth $13.4 billion.
ABAG director general Ricardo Nogueira said the business aviation fleet in Brazil grew 6.7 percent last year, with long-range jets and helicopters representing the biggest growth areas at 16 percent and 14 percent, respectively.
ABAG is distributing the third edition of its Brazilian Yearbook of General Aviation here at LABACE 2013. Director general Ricardo Nogueira reviewed the latest business aviation fleet figures: By the end of 2012, the fleet totaled 13,965 registered aircraft with a value of $13.4 billion, he said, adding that the country has the second largest GA fleet in the world after the U.S. The 2011-2012 growth rate was 6.7 percent, with long-range jets and helicopters representing the biggest growth areas (at 16 and 14 percent, respectively).
The latest edition of the Handbook of Brazilian General Aviation published here at LABACE this week by industry group ABAG shows that private use of aircraft by individuals and companies still dominates fleet utilization in Brazil. The number of aircraft available for air taxi use has only risen slowly over the past three years.
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.”
With a new total of 13,965 aircraft, Brazil’s general aviation fleet numbered almost 900 more units in 2012 than in 2011, according to data released this week in the third annual edition of the Handbook of Brazilian General Aviation. The yearbook, which is published by Brazilian industry association ABAG, shows the local fleet having grown at 6.7 percent last year–a slightly larger increase over the 2011 to 2012 rate.
The UK’s East Anglian Air Ambulance charity organization and its helicopter operator, Bond Air Services, have been allowed to fly emergency medical service missions at night, using night-vision goggles. The charity believes that it will be able to conduct approximately 30 percent more missions, helping an estimated 300 more patients a year. Special equipment also includes a powerline detection system.
For the first time since the end of 2006, quarterly deliveries of business jets, turboprops and piston-powered aircraft all finished in the positive, according to first-quarter 2013 statistics released last month by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).
With general aviation contributing more than $3.5 billion to Wisconsin’s economy annually, and General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) member companies employing more than 1,100 Wisconsinites, the association partnered with Gulfstream Aerospace in Appleton, Wis., today to celebrate GA’s role in the Badger state’s financial health. “The aviation industry is central to our local economy,” said Outagamie County Executive Thomas Nelson.
“People do not understand what we do,” stated Marc Bailey from the British Business and General Aviation Association, speaking at yesterday’s Business Aviation Around the World conference, which brought together speakers from associations in numerous regions and nations. It was a message that was reiterated by other speakers: “The biggest challenge we face is the public acceptance of business aviation,” remarked NBAA COO Steve Brown. “It is not seen as a business tool, it’s seen as being excessive or unjustified.”