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.
Blackhawk, a U.S.-based provider of performance improvements for single- and twin-engine turboprop aircraft, is adding staff to meet growing demand in Brazil and other Latin American nations.
Dassault will deliver at least six more Falcon business jets to Brazilian customers this year and plans to expand its service center in Sorocaba to meet current and future demand, the company said today at LABACE 2012.
Gulfstream Aerospace named 32-year aviation industry veteran Joseph Rivera as its director of international operations. In his new position, he will be based in Savannah and will oversee Gulfstream’s three international service centers in Beijing; Luton, England; and Sorocaba, Brazil. Luton and Sorocaba are currently in operation, while Gulfstream Beijing is expected to begin operations soon. “Joseph’s breadth of experience and leadership skills will greatly benefit our customer service organization,” said Gulfstream product support president Mark Burns.
The Jet Aviation Sorocaba FBO and maintenance facility of Jet Aviation has been rebranded as Gulfstream Brazil. Both companies are owned by General Dynamics. The 20 employees, including nine maintenance or avionics technicians, will remain in place. The Sorocaba facility joins two more international service centers: Gulfstream Luton, north of London; and Gulfstream Beijing, scheduled to begin operations later this year.
With more than 100 of its executive jets operating in Brazil, Embraer has signed an agreement with the State of São Paulo that will see a modern service center established at Bertram Luiz Leupolz Airport in Sorocaba, approximately 55 miles from São Paulo. With an estimated investment of $25 million during the first five years of the project, the facility will generate up to 250 direct jobs.
The National Civil Aviation Authority in Brazil, Agência Nacional de Aviaçâo Civil (ANAC), has granted Jet Aviation Sorocaba the authority to provide line maintenance services on the Gulfstream IV, G500 and G550. The MRO also announced it has recently completed its first large inspection on a Gulfstream G200.
Jet Aviation Sorocaba received approval to operate a bonded warehouse (a facility that holds goods awaiting duty or tax to be paid on them). According to the company, using a bonded warehouse will allow Jet Aviation to clear aircraft parts through customs 24 hours a day, enhancing its ability to support aircraft owners and operators in the region.
Dassault Falcon president and CEO John Rosanvallon sees Brazil as “one of the fastest-growing markets in the world,” and his company expects to deliver 13 new Falcons in Brazil over the next five years.
Dassault Falcon predicts that Brazil will be one of the fastest-growing markets in the world for business aviation as the industry recovers, company president and CEO John Rosanvallon said today at the 2010 Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (Labace) in São Paulo. “Brazil has experienced a healthy growth in GDP and benefits from a diversified economy built on exports.