The upcoming second annual edition of the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) will be an important test of whether the event has long-term growth potential.
Brazil’s business aviation association has a lot more to celebrate this year than it did 12 months ago, with growing demand for aircraft and solid financial results from executive charter companies flowing from significant improvements in the local economy.
The Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) returns to São Paulo, Brazil, for the third annual staging of this groundbreaking event (March 31 to April 2). The show is organized jointly by ABAG, Brazil’s business aviation association, and the U.S. National Business Aviation Association.
Táxi Aéreo Marília (TAM) plans to transfer nearly all of its maintenance activity from São Paulo Congonhas Airport, Brazil, to the nearby Jundiaí Airport, where the company has already begun building a new hangar. The new facility is scheduled to open in midyear.
Citing a desire by the Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral (ABAG) to assume a more extensive role in organizing the annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE), NBAA yesterday announced, “After three years, ABAG is moving into the lead and will coordinate the event from São Paulo.” The shift will make ABAG the primary party responsible for the production of LABACE 2007, including organization of the exhibit
Less than one day after a joint letter from the NBAA and several other associations was sent to Brazilian prosecutors thanking them for their part in getting the “criminal authority” to release two U.S. corporate pilots, Brazilian federal police on Friday charged the two airmen with “endangering air safety” in the September 29 collision of their Embraer Legacy 600 with a Gol Airlines 737.
NBAA and the Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral (ABAG) disclosed yesterday that they have ‘deferred’ this year’s Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE 2006), citing problems with the host airport. The event, which was scheduled for August 10 to 12, won’t take place as planned, NBAA said, because of significant issues related to an accelerated construction project at Congonhas Airport in São Paulo, Brazil.
According to today’s issue of ASI Group’s “Hot Spots” security newsletter, civil aviation authorities in Brazil will impose temporary restrictions on private flights. “This move is a consequence of the decision on the part of civilian air traffic controllers in Brasilia to increase the mandatory distance between aircraft from five to 10 nautical miles,” ASI Group said.
Jet Aviation has announced that it will invest between $8 and $10 million to build an FBO at Viracopos Airport in Campinas, about 62 miles from São Paulo. The operation will be Jet Aviation’s first in Latin America and will offer aircraft maintenance and ground services.
Nearly six years after the creation of a civilian-run aviation agency was first proposed, the Brazilian Senate has approved a new civil aviation authority, the Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC). The creation of ANAC transfers authority over Brazil’s skies from the country’s military-controlled Departamento de Aviação Civil (DAC) to civil authorities.