TAM Aviação Executiva (Stand 1015), representing Bell Helicopter in Brazil, is rolling out the red carpet for the OEM’s new “short light single” (SLR) helicopter.
Brazil put the B in BRIC, the acronym demarcating what have come to be perceived as the world’s most promising emerging markets: Brazil, Russia, India and China. And on this basis alone, there would seem to be a strong case for establishing the now decade-old Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) in São Paulo, Brazil.
“LABACE 2013 will take place once again at Congonhas Airport [in São Paulo, Brazil], on the announced dates of August 14, 15 and 16,” Ricardo Nogueira, executive director of organizer ABAG, told AIN late last week, just before Carnaval began in Brazil. “Infraero, which manages the airport, gave the green light” just last Wednesday, he said. Concerns about possible contamination from fuel tanks abandoned by bankrupt airline VASP prompted extensive testing and the delay.
The two pilots and single passenger of a Cessna Citation CJ3 were not killed November 11 when their aircraft ran off the end of the 4,700-foot-long Runway 35 Right at Sao Paulo’s Congonhas Airport (SBSP) in Brazil. An airport security camera captured the last few moments of the flight.
Business aviation is growing fast in Brazil, and the Associação Brasileira de Aviação (ABAG) believes its Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) this past August in São Paulo is ample proof.
The Brazilian Chamber of Deputies has approved a bill ensuring the priority and confidentiality of aviation accident safety investigations and sent the proposed legislation to the Senate. The PL 2453/07 bill was introduced by a special committee that held hearings on Brazil’s two worst air disasters.
Riding a Brazilian economy that continues to grow, fractional ownership and aircraft management company Avantto is finding a ready market and looks forward to more of the same.
In less than two years, with the backing of Brazilian asset management and private equity firm Rio Bravo, Avantto has signed more than 350 customers and assembled a fleet of 24 jets and 23 helicopters.
According to founder and president Rogèrio Andrade, Avantto’s fractional business model fits the needs of the country’s expanding economy and growing dependence on aviation.
For the first time since the June 22 merger of Chile’s LAN and Brazil’s TAM, LATAM Airlines Group last week released the combined airlines’ quarterly financial results, along with a schedule for its planned fleet overhaul.
TAM Aviação Executiva announced its intention to open a new maintenance and sales center early next year in Aracati, in northeast Brazil. The facility will be capable of handing as many as 50 aircraft simultaneously.
Airbus collected some $16.9 billion worth of business during last week’s Farnborough airshow, gaining firm orders for 54 airplanes and MOUs for another 61.