Embraer Executive Jets inaugurated its new service center today at Bertram Luiz Leupolz Airport in Sorocaba, Brazil. The 215,300-sq-ft facility has two hangars, one of which is dedicated to maintenance, repair and overhaul of Embraer business jets. Universal Aviation, the ground support division of Universal Weather & Aviation, was selected by Embraer to run an FBO at the facility and will use the other hangar for based and itinerant business aircraft. Amenities include passenger lounge, Internet access, conference rooms and crew rest area.
Ground-handling group Swissport has been selected to manage an FBO/hangar project currently under construction at Brazil’s Sorocaba Airport. When completed at year-end, the new World-Way Aviation facility will cover 150,000 sq ft, including a pair of hangars with enough room for large-cabin business jets and some 100,000 sq ft of ramp space. The terminal will feature a VIP lounge, conference room, pilots’ lounge, flight-planning room and fitness center.
Engine maker Pratt & Whitney Canada (Stand 2009) is here at LABACE to highlight its engine support capabilities, which are primarily handled through the local service center at Sorocaba in the São Paulo region. Established in 1999, the Sorocaba facility is part of the global PWC support network, reporting to the West Virginia overhaul and service center, but is particularly involved in supporting the more than 2,000 PWC engines that are operational in Brazil.
Global ground-handling group Swissport (Stand 5012) has been selected to manage an FBO/hangar project currently under construction at Brazil’s Sorocaba Airport. When completed at the end of the year, the new World-Way Aviation facility will cover 150,000 sq ft (14,000 sq m), including a pair of hangars with enough room for large business jets up to the size of an Embraer Lineage 1000 and around 100,000 sq ft (9,000 sq m) of ramp space.
Gulfstream Aerospace has seen “significant growth” in the size of its customer-operated aircraft fleet in Latin America, especially in Brazil, where the fleet of Gulfstream business jets has nearly quadrupled since 2008. According to Gulfstream senior vice president of sales and marketing Scott Neal, 8 percent of the installed Gulfstream base is in Latin America. There are currently 176 Gulfstreams based here in Latin America, including 39 in Brazil. In 2008, these figures were 92 and 10, respectively.
Over the next six months, Dassault will be expanding the workforce at its Sorocaba service center in Brazil. The São Paulo-area facility, which is its first company-owned service center outside France and the U.S., opened four years ago, in June 2009, and holds authorizations from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency, as well as from aviation authorities in Brazil, Argentina and Bermuda.
To meet the needs of its growing fleet in Latin America, Pilatus Aircraft (Stand 5110) has named Aeroservicio in Santiago, Chile, as the company’s newest authorized service center for the PC-12 single engine turboprop. There currently are 36 PC-12s operating in South America, the vast majority of them in Brazil. With this latest addition, the Swiss manufacturer now has three authorized centers in South America (the others being Synerjet at Brazil’s Sorocaba Airport and Aviaser at San Fernando International Airport in Argentina).
While analysts are forecasting a slowdown for most Latin American economies in 2013, Bombardier–in its 20-year forecast released in June this year–expects to see an improved market in 2014 and believes that as early as 2016, the Canadian manufacturer will “surpass its prior delivery peak year of 2008.”
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