Handling company Colt International (Booth No. 2211) announced here the grand opening of its new operations facility in São Paulo, Brazil. “With the opening of this facility, we’re making significant investments in Colt’s South American-based infrastructure,” said president Malcolm Hawkins. A local Portuguese- and Spanish-
The annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (Labace) is scheduled to open August 13 and run for three days at Congonhas Airport in downtown São Paulo, Brazil. According to organizers, approximately 80 percent of the more than 100 exhibitors already signed up are U.S.
Jet Aviation’s completions work for Dassault Falcon aircraft is gathering pace and EBACE visitors can see a prime example of its craftsmanship out on the static display. The Falcon 7X that it has on show is its first project for the new trijet and it also happens to be the 100th Falcon business jet interior provided by the company’s completion and refurbishment center in Basel, Switzerland.
Dassault Falcon will be hosting seven regional maintenance and operating seminars this year. The seminars, which are held in alternating years, began last month in Hong Kong, Seattle and Chicago. They will continue through March in Rome (Italy); Mahwah, N.J.; Charlotte, N.C.; Geneva; London; Dallas; and Toluca (Mexico), before ending in São Paulo, Brazil, in August.
High above the miles-long ribbons of daily traffic jams in Brazil’s largest city, São Paulo, there is luxurious freedom in the more than 420 helicopters that flit from rooftop to rooftop. According to Cleber Mansur, president of the Brazilian Helicopter Pilots Association, that number will approach 460 helicopters by 2010. And, he added, there are currently 260 helipads in this sprawling metropolis of more than 3,000 square miles.
Dassault Falcon said it plans to establish a factory-owned Falcon service center at Sorocaba Airport in São Paulo, Brazil. According to Dassault, the new service center will support the growing Falcon fleet in Brazil, which is expected to double in size to more than 50 airplanes in the next three years. The facility is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter.
Texas Aviation Services and Brazilian partner Sierra Aeronautica have revealed a joint venture to provide support for Brazilian helicopter clients in the São Paulo region. The move comes as a consequence of the rapid growth of the helicopter market in Brazil and “unprecedented backlogs for completions and customizing projects chiefly for VIP helicopters.”
Before last month’s Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE), organizers were forecasting the largest show to date. They were not disappointed.
Dassault Falcon will open a new $6.5 million factory-owned service center at Sorocaba Airport in São Paulo, Brazil, in the fourth quarter, bringing the company’s service-center network to four locations worldwide, with an additional 30 authorized service centers. The 23,000-sq-ft facility will house up to three Falcons. Services available at the facility include line maintenance and A checks.
Organizers at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) had forecast the largest show to date and they were not disappointed by the turnout at the event, held last week in São Paulo, Brazil. By the end of the second day, the visitor count had exceeded 6,500, some 500 more than attended the entire three-day event last year.