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.
Lider Aviação, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is investing $7 million in a new hangar at the Jacarepaguá Airport in Rio de Janeiro. The 45,000-square-foot facility is slated to be completed later this year and will house a factory-approved Bell and Helibrás/Eurocopter service center.
Líder Aviação, headquartered in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, recently became a Raisbeck-authorized installation center to support Raisbeck Learjet performance system sales. The company will be responsible for selling, installing and maintaining Raisbeck’s ZR Lite and aft fuselage locker for the Learjet 30 series.
As of press time, Raytheon Aircraft (RAC) chose not to comment on the effect on its Travel Air fractional-ownership program from the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks. A company spokesman did say that RAC had decided not to participate in the rescheduled NBAA Convention to be held in New Orleans on December 12, 13 and 14.
This seventh annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition sees one of the industry’s veteran players celebrate both a distinguished history and a vital new beginning. Hawker Beechcraft Corp. marked the 75th anniversary of its Beechcraft roots on April 19, less than a month after the new company was created after parent Raytheon Aircraft was acquired by equity groups Onex Partners and GS Capital Partners for $3.3 billion.
NAC Aviation, Raytheon’s UK distributor for both Hawker and Beechcraft aircraft, is relocating to Oxford Airport in central England from Farnborough Airport, southwest of London. According to the company, the move will give it the space to offer turnkey aircraft-management packages to business aviation clients, as well as executive charter.
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. National Business Aviation Association.
Jet Aviation has announced that it will invest between $8 and $10 million to build an FBO at Viracopos Airport in Campinas, about 62 miles from São Paulo. The operation will be Jet Aviation’s first in Latin America and will offer aircraft maintenance and ground services.
Brazil’s largest executive charter company and maintenance provider has seen significant benefits from improvements in the Brazilian economy. Líder Aviação, which recently changed its name from Líder Taxi Aéreo, saw a significant improvement in its charter operations last year and has been enjoying a boom in aircraft sales in the early part of this year.
Jet Aviation has opened an office in São Paulo, Brazil, to offer aircraft charter, management and sales in Latin America. The Swiss group’s new premises are located close to São Paulo’s Congonhas Airport, the city’s main gateway for business aircraft. Jet Aviation has hired two former executives from the corporate aviation division
of Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer to run the new Latin American operation.