Fuel supplier Air BP is establishing an Operators University at Campo de San Marte Airport in São Paulo. At the new facility, Air BP instructors will train personnel using a range of pneumatic and hydraulic training simulators, cutting tools and a representative aircraft wing to practice both regular refueling operations and safety procedures. Trainees are assessed during and after the course.
The tenth Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE) opens here at Congonhas Airport in São Paulo today. Brazil’s civil aviation minister Moreira Franco and the commandant of the Brazilian air force, Air Brigadier Saito, are expected to be the guests of honor at the opening ceremony and “ribbon cutting,” to be held at midday. Brazil’s business aviation community certainly needs friends in high places as it continues to insist that its operational needs are not overlooked as the country develops its air transport infrastructure.
Late yesterday, Brazil’s civil aviation minister was expected to finally sign an authorization for the development of the Catarina Executive Airport in São Roque (see page 12). Meanwhile, also in the São Paulo area, plans to develop the city’s first privately owned business aviation airport appear to have hit a roadblock with local authorities recently refusing a construction permit for Aerodromo Privado Rodoanel (Beltway Private Airport) on the grounds that the project is not part of the city’s master development plan and because of concerns about a nearby reservoir.
The wave of protests that has rocked Brazil since June has included opposition to government spending on airports, the blocking of airport access as a way to get attention, and also complaints by the aviation community about government failure to address its needs. In preparation for the 2014 soccer World Cup, stadiums have been built or renovated all over the country, and investments have been made in transportation infrastructure, including airports.
“There are always challenges to flying internationally,” said Tim Bartholomew, manager of international trip support for Rockwell Collins Ascend Flight Information Solutions (Stand 2007). And while those challenges may change from one day to the next, he and others see the process slowly becoming more and more efficient.
TAM Aviação Executiva (Stand 1015), representing Bell Helicopter in Brazil, is rolling out the red carpet for the OEM’s new “short light single” (SLR) helicopter.
Helicidade Heliporto (HeliCity Heliport) is making its fourth consecutive LABACE appearance (Stand 2019), with a larger exhibit totaling 25 sq m, which is aimed at promoting the heliport’s reputation as “one of the greatest heliports in Latin America.” Certainly it is one of the most luxurious, thanks in part to a series of recent modernization projects to ensure greater guest comfort.
When Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff signed a decree in December last year permitting the private construction and operation of airports, it opened the way to major changes in the country’s airport infrastructure and operations, with São Paulo state as a primary launching pad.
Brazil’s first private business aviation airport received government approval when civil aviation minister Moreira Franco signed the authorization July 25 at ceremonies in São Paulo. The approval came a little more than six months after Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff signed a decree permitting the private construction and operation of airports.
Bombardier Aerospace will host its Safety Standdown Latin America on August 12 and 13 at the Grand Hyatt São Paulo Hotel in São Paulo, Brazil, immediately before the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition. The theme of this year’s event is “Professionalism in Aviation.”