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.
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Clearing hurdles was as much a challenge for aircraft and crews attending LABACE 2012 was it was for athletes at the recent Summer Olympics in London. An on-again/off-again customs strike bedeviled the arrival of jets en route to the show and left operators scrambling to find a place and time to enter Brazil en route to São Paulo Congonhas Airport where the business aviation show is being held this week.
Brazil is moving forward to privatize airport terminals to handle the anticipated 25-percent annual growth in commercial aviation, as well as traffic increases expected for the 2014 soccer World Cup and 2016 Olympics.As it gathers bids for these privatization efforts, it is now turning its attention to increasing business aviation capacity, with plans proposed for airports catering to private jets on opposite sides of São Paulo, the largest ci
Avtrak, an aviation maintenance tracking and consulting firm based in Englewood, Colo., has announced the addition of three international offices within the past 12 months, in Toluca, Mexico; São Paulo, Brazil; and Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The facilities join the company’s U.S. locations, which include Wichita, Boston and Dallas.
Last week the Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral, better known as ABAG, sponsored the eighth annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (Labace) in São Paulo. This was my fifth consecutive show. I never tire of it, and I will be back. That’s partly because Labace is aviation, but also because it is uniquely Brazilian.
Aircell announced today at Labace that two members of its global dealer network have received from Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) installation certifications for the Aviator 300 and Aviator 350. According to the Broomfield, Colo.-based company, they are the first approvals of SwiftBroadband-based communications systems in Brazil.
Coming off a record show last year–13,342 visitors, 110 exhibitors and 60 aircraft– organizers of the Latin American Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition are anticipating an even bigger show this year, to be held from August 12 to 14 at Congonhas Airport near downtown São Paulo.
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.
Almost all of the corporate aircraft manufacturers have now signed up for the new Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE), to be held next spring in São Paulo, Brazil. Organizers are expecting 300 exhibitors and 3,000 visitors for the event, which has been rescheduled from January 16 to 18 to March 13 to 15.
Argentina and Colombia are lobbying to delay the planned January 2005 implementation of reduced vertical separation minimum (RVSM) airspace throughout Latin America. These countries are arguing that their operators–mainly the airlines–cannot afford to complete the necessary avionics upgrades in time and that therefore domestic flights by non-compliant aircraft should continue to be permitted above FL290.