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August 12, 2014, 6:00 PM
Dassault Falcon Jet brought its flagship 7X (foreground) and 2000LXS/S models to LABACE, highlighting the airframer’s conviction that Latin America is an important market. (Photo: David McIntosh)

Dassault Falcon Jet is investing in a major expansion of its Sorocaba maintenance facility over the next few months “to better accommodate the demands of Brazilian and other South American customers.” The expansion of the Dassault Aircraft Services-Sorocaba facility will add 10,000 sq ft (929 sq m) of hangar space, significantly boosting the existing 23,000-sq-ft (2,137-sq-m) building and “reinforcing our ability to serve the anticipated demand,” said John Rosanvallon, president and CEO of Dassault Falcon Jet.

August 12, 2014, 3:40 PM

The Embraer Legacy 500 received type certification from Brazil’s civil aviation agency, Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC), this afternoon during a ceremony at LABACE 2014 in São Paulo, Brazil. The company expects to obtain FAA approval for its clean-sheet, fly-by-wire midsize business jet “in the upcoming weeks” and from EASA “thereafter.”

August 12, 2014, 3:14 PM

Business aircraft flying in the U.S. rose for the eighth straight month, with activity in July up 1.5 percent from a year ago, according to data released yesterday by aviation services company Argus. And it appears that this indicator is gaining strength again this month, with Argus projecting a 1.4-percent year-over-year rise for August.

Part 91 activity once again is leading the pack, climbing by 2.7 percent from a year ago, followed by fractional flying with a 2-percent gain. Part 135 charter flight activity slipped a bit last month, falling by 0.4 percent year-over-year.

August 12, 2014, 3:06 PM

The LABACE show’s 11th edition opened today at São Paulo’s Congonhas Airport, with the mood of Brazilian business and general aviation cautiously optimistic. “Once more in 2013 the market grew by 5 to 6 percent, as it has for the last decade,” said Eduardo Marson, president of Brazilian business aviation industry group and LABACE organizer ABAG.

August 12, 2014, 2:59 PM

Surf Air placed an order for up to 65 Pilatus PC-12 NG turboprop singles–15 firm and 50 options–worth an estimated $312 million, the company told AIN. It has also raised another $8 million in funding, for a total of $17 million. Deliveries of the new PC-12s begin in October, with three planned this year and nine next year.

August 12, 2014, 2:55 PM

NetJets subsidiary NetJets China successfully completed proving runs in China, the fourth phase in the process to receive an air operator certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Administration of China. The proving runs were conducted just over a week ago in two Hawker 800s that will be the first aircraft in the NetJets China fleet.

August 12, 2014, 2:53 PM

At last week’s Black Hat USA 2014 conference, Ruben Santamarta, the principal security consultant at IOActive Security Services, raised the issue of whether satellite communications systems have security vulnerabilities that might allow hackers to gain access to aircraft systems. Santamarta and IOActive published a white paper that discusses security vulnerabilities in air, sea and land satcom systems. “Today we are disclosing details to help people verify those findings,” Santamarta explained.

August 12, 2014, 2:50 PM

Gulfstream Aerospace named SkyJet Aviation Services as a commercial sales representative in central Africa, covering Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar. “Business aviation is growing in this part of Africa, especially in Nigeria, and shows no signs of slowing down,” said Gulfstream senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing Scott Neal. SkyJet, a private charter airline and aircraft maintenance provider founded in 2006, is headquartered in Kaduna, a city in central northern Nigeria, and has offices in Lagos and Abuja.

August 12, 2014, 2:45 PM

Landmark Aviation has completed its new FBO campus at San Diego International Airport, where it is the lone services provider. The 12.4-acre complex includes nearly six acres of ramp space and 115,000 sq ft of hangar space capable of sheltering aircraft up to a G650. The 19,000-sq-ft, two-story terminal includes a passenger lounge, viewing deck, fitness center, conference room, pilot lounge with snooze room, gourmet café and office space. The facility lays claim to being the first FBO complex built to meet the U.S.

August 12, 2014, 2:40 PM

The FAA is reviewing a response from Norwood (Mass.) Airport officials to allegations they violated federal obligations requirements and discriminated against Boston Executive Helicopters. In a complaint filed in May under the provisions of FAR Part 13, Boston Executive Helicopters said the airport’s actions “were clearly done to prevent” it from building an FBO.

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