Brazilian service provider Colt Aviation has begun construction of a new $12 million FBO at Rio de Janeiro’s Galeão-Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport. The 215,000-sq-ft facility will include a 5,300-sq-ft VIP lounge with a private entrance, meeting rooms, a 200-space car park and two hangars, one of them earmarked for maintenance. According to the company, construction is set to begin next month, and the new FBO will be ready by mid-year. Galeão is the second busiest airport in Brazil and has the South American nation’s longest runway, at more than 13,000 feet.
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.
Clearing hurdles was as much a challenge for aircraft and crews attending LABACE 2012 was it was for athletes at the recent Summer Olympics in London. An on-again/off-again customs strike bedeviled the arrival of jets en route to the show and left operators scrambling to find a place and time to enter Brazil en route to São Paulo Congonhas Airport where the business aviation show is being held this week.
Embraer-CAE Training Services, a joint venture between Embraer and CAE, inaugurated Phenom aircraft pilot and maintenance technician training in Brazil yesterday at CAE’s training facility near Guarulhos International Airport in São Paulo.
Under a bright, azure sky, the ninth annual Latin American Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (LABACE) opened this morning in São Paulo, Brazil, to the sound of business aviation hard at work in a region of the world where the industry sees a long-term bright future.
Voar Aviação (Fly Aviation) is recruiting a number of professionals to meet a growing need for technicians, from painters and upholsterers to helicopter mechanics, at its own facilities and those of sister company Globe Aviação, both located at in Goiânia, Brazil.
Fly Aviation and Globe Aviation have ramp parking, hangars and property at Goiânia-Santa Genoveva Airport totaling more than 375,000 sq ft. Both facilities engage in exterior paint and fixed-wing and helicopter interior refurbishment.
While today’s announcement of a firm order for six E190s from Venezuela’s Conviasa Airlines might have helped buoy Embraer’s general outlook, the deal hardly assuaged concerns among financial analysts over an airliner backlog that at the end of the second quarter has shrunk to nearly half its peak value of $21.6 billion at the end of the third quarter of 2008.
Chinese carrier Hebei Airlines has ordered five more Embraer 190s with the 100-seaters due to join Hebei’s two in-service E-190s by the end of 2013. The Brazilian airframer values the deal, at list prices, at $226 million.
Brazilian tax, police and aviation authorities joined forces to seize nine business jets last week, and they have targeted 13 more aircraft. According to officials, Brazilians allegedly own and use the jets but registered them overseas to avoid Brazilian state and federal import taxes of nearly 35 percent. Foreign-registered airplanes can remain in Brazil for up to 60 days without paying import duties.
Led by AlmaDesign, a Brazilian/Portuguese consortium that included Brazilian airframer Embraer (Booth No. 741), hit the cabin design jackpot in March with its Project LIFE executive private jet cabin design, winning top prize in the “Visionary Concepts” category of the recent Crystal Cabin Awards in Hamburg, Germany.