The ninth annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) took place from August 15 to 17 in São Paulo, Brazil, a country and a region where the industry sees a bright, long-term future.
BLR Aerospace announced at LABACE 2012 that it has won certification from the Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) of Brazil for its FastFin tail rotor enhancement and stability system for installation and flight on Bell Helicopter Models 204, 205 and 212.
On display for the first time at LABACE, and making its Latin American debut, is the Nextant 400XT, “the world’s only FAA-certified, remanufactured business jet,” according to builder Nextant Aerospace.
In line with what Hawker Beechcraft describes as its “continued focus on the international market,” the Wichita, Kansas-based OEM announced at LABACE that it has launched its new Portuguese-language website.
Growth in commercial and business aviation over the past decade has saturated Brazil’s hub airports, leaving both commercial airlines and business aviation looking for alternatives. Now, it appears a solution is in the offing.
Behind the youthful face and quick smile, 36-year-old Rogério Andrade is an entrepreneur who has already held the position of CEO of a major helicopter operation and is now president of Avantto, a fractional ownership operation that is slightly less than two years out of the blocks and already boasts 350 members and a fleet of 24 jets and 23 helicopters.
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.
Algar Aviation, Piaggio Aero’s exclusive representative in Brazil, has made a splash at LABACE 2012 with its display of the Italian manufacturer’s Avanti II turboprop twins.
Hawker Beechcraft’s Global Customer Support (GCS) division announced at LABACE 2012 that it is taking orders and scheduling Blackhawk engine upgrades at the show for Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21-equipped King Air 200s.
Blackhawk, a U.S.-based provider of performance improvements for single- and twin-engine turboprop aircraft, is adding staff to meet growing demand in Brazil and other Latin American nations.
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