Brazil's aircraft investigation board, Cenipa, won't release its report on the Embraer Legacy 600/Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 midair until early next month, but many of the report's details have already been leaked to São Paulo-based daily newspaper Folha de São Paulo. All 154 aboard the Gol airliner were killed when the two aircraft collided at FL370 over Brazil's Amazon jungle, but the damaged Legacy landed safely.
Before the naysayers look askance at business aviation in Latin America and suggest that recent years of growth were something of an anomaly, they might consider the recent Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition in São Paulo, Brazil, a show that can be described only as a resounding success.
São Paulo, Brazil-based Ocean Air has been named an authorized service facility for all Bombardier business jets. The company is offering round-the-clock AOG assistance, maintenance and services at São Paulo’s Congonhas International Airport. Certified for Learjets since 2005, Ocean Air now offers maintenance and service capabilities for all Bombardier Challengers and Globals.
The rapid growth of the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) has undoubtedly been an inspiration to those seeking to institute dedicated industry shows in other regions of the world. Since 2001, when EBACE established itself here in Geneva, annual bizav gatherings have sprung up in Asia, Latin America and, most recently, the Middle East.
The upcoming second annual edition of the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) will be an important test of whether the event has long-term growth potential.
Brazil’s business aviation association has a lot more to celebrate this year than it did 12 months ago, with growing demand for aircraft and solid financial results from executive charter companies flowing from significant improvements in the local economy.
After a difficult year in 2003, Brazil’s largest executive charter company, TAM Taxi Aéreo Marília, saw better times last year, when its revenues increased to Real 105 million ($39.4 million)–up 15 percent from the previous year–with help from a recovery in the local economy. The increase in revenues was a result of growing demand on all fronts, including maintenance, aircraft sales and executive charter.
The Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) returns to São Paulo, Brazil, for the third annual staging of this groundbreaking event (March 31 to April 2). The show is organized jointly by ABAG, Brazil’s business aviation association, and the U.S. National Business Aviation Association.
NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen will be a keynote speaker at the third annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) in São Paulo, Brazil. Along with Anderson Markiewicz, chairman of the Brazilian business aviation association ABAG, Bolen will address the opening general session on the morning of March 31.
Táxi Aéreo Marília (TAM) plans to transfer nearly all of its maintenance activity from São Paulo Congonhas Airport, Brazil, to the nearby Jundiaí Airport, where the company has already begun building a new hangar. The new facility is scheduled to open in midyear.