One year after beginning construction at its new maintenance facility, Táxi Aéreo Marília (TAM) has begun operations at its Jundiaí center, which will allow the company to handle 120 aircraft per month, double the number it services at its Congonhas facility. The new center briefly wears the crown as the largest business aviation maintenance facility in the world until Cessna inaugurates its new facility in Wichita this month.
Brazilian manufacturer Embraer has created an Environmental Strategies and Technologies Office, with plans to draft a series of new environmental protection policies. The goal, according to Embraer, is to reduce the environmental impact of its products and production processes. “There is a growing concern, within Embraer, regarding environmental issues,” said president and CEO Frederico Fleury Curado.
A Learjet 35 crashed November 4 in São Paulo, Brazil, killing at least eight people. Witnesses said the airplane, owned by São Paulo-based air-taxi operator Reali Taxi Aerea, was attempting to return to Campo do Marte Airport just after takeoff in light rain, when it slammed nose first into a suburban neighborhood. Killed in the crash were
Embraer EMB-110P1 Bandeirante PT-SDB, Curitiba, Brazil, Aug. 22, 2007–The Bandeirante, operated by Two Taxi Aero, was destroyed and the two crewmembers were killed when it crashed soon after takeoff from Brazil’s Curitiba-Afonso Pena International Airport.
March 13 to 15 sees the staging of the inaugural Latin American Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (LABACE) in São Paulo, Brazil. The new annual event is being organized jointly by the Brazilian Business Aviation Association (ABAG) and NBAA.
Embraer EMB-110P1 Bandeirante PT-SDB, Curitiba, Brazil, Aug. 22, 2007–The Bandeirante, operated by Two Taxi Aero, was destroyed and the two crewmembers were killed when it crashed soon after takeoff from Curitiba-Afonso Pena International Airport.
Before the naysayers look askance at business aviation in Latin America and suggest that recent years of growth were something of an anomaly, they might consider the recent Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition in São Paulo, Brazil, a show that can be described only as a resounding success.
Said by some to be flat on the canvas and awaiting only the referee’s count, the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) staged a rather remarkable recovery last month, playing to a record number of attendees and signing exhibitors who were demanding more space next year before the show ended.
The leadership of Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) is collapsing under the pressure of international criticism.
São Paulo, Brazil-based Ocean Air has been named an authorized service facility for all Bombardier business jets. The company is offering round-the-clock AOG assistance, maintenance and services at São Paulo’s Congonhas International Airport. Certified for Learjets since 2005, Ocean Air now offers maintenance and service capabilities for all Bombardier Challengers and Globals.