Last week the Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral, better known as ABAG, sponsored the eighth annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (Labace) in São Paulo. This was my fifth consecutive show. I never tire of it, and I will be back. That’s partly because Labace is aviation, but also because it is uniquely Brazilian.
With its ACJ318 on a demonstration flight and on the display line for the opening of the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition, Airbus unleashed a considerable first-time presence at the show in São Paulo, Brazil.
Aircell announced today at Labace that two members of its global dealer network have received from Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) installation certifications for the Aviator 300 and Aviator 350. According to the Broomfield, Colo.-based company, they are the first approvals of SwiftBroadband-based communications systems in Brazil.
Brazil’s Trip Linhas Aéreas took delivery of its first Embraer E190 last month during a ceremony held May 5 at the manufacturer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, in the state of São Paulo. The airline already flies nine 86-seat E175s and plans to collect nine 110-seat E190s by year-end.
In the three years since the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (Labace) was relaunched, it has benefited from an increasingly healthy economic environment in Latin America and in particular in host country Brazil.
More than 14,000 visitors this year attended the three-day show–the seventh–500 more than last year. Labace also hosted a record-setting number of static display aircraft (56) and exhibitors (150).
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.
The future that Brazilians have awaited for so long is at last kicking at the door. But the question now, says Francisco Lyra, the blunt-spoken CEO of the Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral (ABAG, Brazilian Association of General Aviation), is whether Brazil is ready for it?
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.
Dassault Falcon’s new factory-owned service center at Sorocaba Airport in São Paulo, Brazil, recently received repair station certification from Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC). Dassault Aircraft Services São Paulo is authorized to perform line maintenance and all multiples of A checks on Brazilian-registered Falcon 10/100s, 50/50EXs, 2000s and 900s, as well as the Falcon 7X fly-by-wire trijet.
Handling company Colt International (Booth No. 2211) announced here the grand opening of its new operations facility in São Paulo, Brazil. “With the opening of this facility, we’re making significant investments in Colt’s South American-based infrastructure,” said president Malcolm Hawkins. A local Portuguese- and Spanish-