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.
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.
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.
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.
The Terrafugia flying car made its debut at EAA AirVenture 2013 this week in Oshkosh, Wis. Attendees watched in awe as it drove down the taxiway in car mode before stopping short of the runway, transitioning to the airplane configuration and then taking off. Here are sequential photos of the Terrafugia demonstration at this year’s AirVenture. (Photos: Matt Thurber/AIN)
The Paris Air Show is, well, a show. The “performers” include not just the aerial display aircraft and pilots, but also the exhibitors with their products and services on display for all the world to see, literally.
2013 saw a strong showing of defense aircraft. The thrilling Russian demonstrations returned after a 12-year absence, though U.S. aircraft were shut out of the party due to sequestration budget cuts. All in all, the military muscle on display every afternoon was impressive – and loud.