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.”
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.