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.”
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.