LABACE Convention News - 2013

LABACE Convention News
Pilatus PC-6

Pilatus said here at LABACE yesterday that it will deliver three more of these PC-6 Turbo Porters to Brazil this year, having delivered only one since certification in the country in 2011. The Swiss manufacturer is emphasizing the single turboprop’s short takeoff and landing performance, pointing out that it can operate more economically than helicopters and with superior payload. Maximum payload is 1.2 metric tons, maximum range is 870 nm and this can be achieved operating out of an airstrip shorter than 1,500 feet (440 meters).

Trading firms such as Sertrading can help international companies navigate Brazil’s tax rules for the importation of aircraft or aircraft parts.

Overseas visitors may be puzzled by the number of so-called “trading” firms prominently placed in the LABACE exhibition areas. Why at an event that lets potential purchasers meet directly with manufacturers do Brazilian middlemen occupy so much space?

Nextant Aerospace is showing its 400XTi small-cabin, light business jet at LABACE 2013, making it the model’s Latin American debut and following up a visit last year by the company’s 400XT. Brazil is seen as a major opportunity for the remanufactured version of the Beechjet 400A/XP, which Nextant believes is a perfect fit for many requirements in the region.

Yesterday at LABACE Cessna unveiled the cabin mockup of the Citation Latitude for the first time in Brazil, giving show-goers the opportunity to see the type’s capacious cabin. Measuring 77 inches wide and 72 inches in height, the flat-floor cabin offers unprecedented headroom for an aircraft in the midsize class. Cessna offers two cabin configurations, coach and club, with seating for up to nine passengers. Six swivel seats form the basis of both configurations.

EC130T2

Here at LABACE Helibras is displaying the first example of the EC130T2 to arrive in Brazil. This latest version of the helicopter introduces a host of new features that the company hopes will maintain the EC130’s position as the dominant type in the large single-engine marketplace.

At the entrance to the 2013 Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition at Congonhas Airport, ABAG–the Brazilian Association for General Aviation and the organizer of the annual event–reminded visitors that the 2014 LABACE is planned for August 13-15, also in Sao Paulo.

Aircraft manufacturers make a big deal about first appearances, or debuts, of their new aircraft at airshows and conventions. Of course, an aircraft can really make a debut only once–the very first time it appears in public. But we’re quibbiling. One can have several debuts at different places.

It’s winter in the Southern Hemisphere, so the days are now shorter and sunset comes earlier than north of the equator. So with the Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition staying open until 8 p.m., it’s obvious the event stays open after dark. The result is an ambiance one never gets at most airshows and aviation conventions around the world, which mostly take place in the Northern Hemisphere in the summer and close their doors by 6 p.m.

Among all the aviation events with “-BACE” in their acronyms (including the recently renamed NBAA Convention), this tenth edition of the Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE 2013) probably has the biggest diversity of airplanes with propellors than any other BACE event.

São Paulo, Brazil, is again hosting the static display for the Latin America Business Aviation Confernece and Exhibition (LABACE 2013) and helicopters are there in force. This should not be surprising given that travel to and from the continent’s vast interior that can be made quickly and conveniently only by air and helicopters can land and takeoff from almost anywhere. More than 1,600 helicopters operate in Brazil.

Cessna + static view

According to the latest data from Brazilian industry group ABAG, jets are still in the minority in the country’s business aircraft fleet, with piston-powered equipment still firmly in the majority. But this is changing and jets are now the fastest-growing segment of Brazilian business aviation.

Bell 429

As preparations move into high gear for the 2013 edition of the Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE) the  aircraft that will be on exhibit in the static display starting on August 14 have begun to arrive at São Paulo/Congonghas Airport in Brazil.

Photos by David McIntosh.

More Stories from LABACE 2013

August 16, 2013, 2:30 PM

Sheltair is at LABACE (Stand 4006) providing details on the recent completion of Phase I of its expansion at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport in Florida. The three-phase development project includes 134,806 sq ft (12,534 sq m) of premier hangar and office space on more than 11 acres (4.5 hectares) of land on the west side of the airfield.

This is the first general aviation facility to be constructed on the west side of the airport in more than a decade and has direct access to the new 8,000-foot runway currently under construction.

August 16, 2013, 2:30 PM

Marcia’s Catering of São Paulo isn’t exactly a “rags-to-riches” story, but it is true that in its first months of operation, the owner had to sell her personal automobile in order to purchase a vehicle to transport orders.

August 16, 2013, 2:00 PM

Prime Fraction Club, whose members buy shares in high-end boats and automobiles as well as aircraft, has added a new six-passenger AgustaWestland AW109 Grand to its fleet, which now features 10 helicopters. The pricing structure for the fractional ownership program offers one-quarter shares in an AW109S Grand at a buy-in cost of R$3.56 million ($1.55 million), in addition to a fixed monthly fee of R$34,724 ($15,074) for maintenance, hangar space and other costs.

August 16, 2013, 1:45 PM

Engine maker Pratt & Whitney Canada (Stand 2009) is here at LABACE to highlight its engine support capabilities, which are primarily handled through the local service center at Sorocaba in the São Paulo region. Established in 1999, the Sorocaba facility is part of the global PWC support network, reporting to the West Virginia overhaul and service center, but is particularly involved in supporting the more than 2,000 PWC engines that are operational in Brazil.

August 16, 2013, 1:15 PM

Timken (Stand 2017) is a global company providing a wide range of products, from precision bearings to engine overhaul, but at LABACE the U.S. firm is focused on supporting operators in the Brazilian marketplace. The company produces complex parts such as turbine blades, compressor wheels, combustors and bearings that are the cost-drivers behind engine overhauls.

August 16, 2013, 12:45 PM

In celebration of the one-year anniversary of the launch of the UVair FBO network, a partnership between Universal Weather & Aviation (Stand 1003) and Epic Aviation, members of the group’s Bravo Rewards program will be entered into a drawing for one million Bravo points each time they make a fuel purchase at one of the network’s 20 premiere FBO locations in North America.

August 16, 2013, 12:30 PM

Brazilian air taxi operators association ABTAer is to hold its fifth annual convention at São Paulo’s Campo de Marte Airport on August 30 and 31. The event is expected to draw more than 60 companies, as well as government officials and members of Brazil’s congress. Among the issues of concern to ABTAer’s members are ongoing airport access problems and the threats posed by illegal charter activity.

August 16, 2013, 12:15 PM

Orlando, Florida-based SimCom (Stand 3014) now has approval from Brazil’s ANAC aviation authority for simulator pilot training in eight business aircraft types popular in the country. This covers the Cessna Citation II/SII/Bravo/Ultra, CitationJet 525/CJ1/CJ2/CJ3, Hawker 400/700/800/800XP, Learjet 20-series/30-series/55, Beechjet 400/400XP (and Beechjet predecessor MU-2), Westwind I/II and Eclipse 500. It also has ANAC approval for its Beechcraft King Air 90/100/200 training course at its Dallas-Fort Worth location.

August 16, 2013, 12:00 PM

Brazilian operator TAM Executiva has awarded a contract to Vector Aerospace and its Seca subsidiary to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul covering engines in its fleet. The agreement includes repair, hot-section inspections, testing, modification, overhaul and parts distribution on PT6A and JT15D series turbine engines, and engine repair, major periodic inspection, testing, modification and core zone inspection on the TFE731 series.

August 16, 2013, 10:00 AM

At the entrance to the 2013 Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition at Congonhas Airport, ABAG–the Brazilian Association for General Aviation and the organizer of the annual event–reminded visitors that the 2014 LABACE is planned for August 13-15, also in Sao Paulo.

August 16, 2013, 7:30 AM

Pilatus said here at LABACE yesterday that it will deliver three more of these PC-6 Turbo Porters to Brazil this year, having delivered only one since certification in the country in 2011. The Swiss manufacturer is emphasizing the single turboprop’s short takeoff and landing performance, pointing out that it can operate more economically than helicopters and with superior payload. Maximum payload is 1.2 metric tons, maximum range is 870 nm and this can be achieved operating out of an airstrip shorter than 1,500 feet (440 meters).

August 16, 2013, 7:00 AM

AgustaWestland is preparing the way to possible final assembly of its helicopters in Brazil with plans to expand the São Paulo facilities of its local subsidiary. Construction is due to be completed by the end of 2014 and the enlarged facility will also be used to accommodate a training center, bonded warehouse, workshop space and a heliport.

August 16, 2013, 6:30 AM

As the global economy in general, and business aviation in particular, begins to stabilize, so the squeeze on aircraft financing is beginning to relax, albeit with an element of conservatism. That was the message from speakers at the 5th Business Aviation in Latin America summit held here at LABACE yesterday. A range of financial issues was covered during the summit, as well as other key issues such as managing flight clearance risk in developing nations and pilot shortages in Latin America.

August 16, 2013, 6:00 AM

Dallas Aeronautical Services will produce composite materials and components for business aircraft in a new facility in São José dos Campos, Brazil, starting in the first half of 2014. The U.S. company announced the new venture here at the LABACE show yesterday. According to DAS director for Brazil Paul Dominonni, the operation will be launched with an initial investment of $500,000, occupying a 70,000 sq ft site in the Univap Technological Park. The projects is being supported by both state and city authorities.

August 16, 2013, 5:30 AM

Helibras has announced the opening of a new customer support center (CSC) at Atibaia, near the three main airfields of São Paulo. The facility forms part of Eurocopter’s global network and mirrors those established by the company in Hong Kong, Dallas and Marignane (France). Some 75 percent of the Brazilian Eurocopter/Helibras fleet is based in the southeast of Brazil.

 
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