Wednesday, 16 August 2017 - Monthly news by email for business aviation professionals.
August 15, 2017

HondaJet obtains Brazilian type certification

Honda Aircraft Company announced today that the HondaJet received its type certificate from Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency on August 8, 2017. The announcement was made at the annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) 2017, being held at Congonhas Airport in Sao Paulo from Aug. 15 to 17 where a HondaJet is on static display.

Brazilian type certification for the HondaJet follows approvals in the United States (Federal Aviation Administration), Europe (European Aviation Safety Agency), Mexico (Directorate General of Civil Aviation), and Canada (Transport Canada).

August 15, 2017

First Challenger 350 delivered to Argentina

Bombardier Business Aircraft announced today that it has delivered the first Challenger 350 aircraft to be based in Argentina, joining Bombardier's fleet of 122 Challenger aircraft in Latin America. Bombardier's business jet fleet in Latin America is comprised of approximately 685 aircraft in service, spanning Bombardier's full product portfolio of Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft.

"This first Bombardier Challenger 350 jet delivery to an Argentinian customer confirms the aircraft's leadership in Latin America," said Stephane Leroy, vice president, sales, Latin America, Bombardier Business Aircraft. "Paired with impressive high-performance attributes, the Challenger 350 aircraft is the right choice for customers in Argentina seeking to access challenging airfields, climb faster, and cruise efficiently while enjoying a smooth ride."

July 24, 2017
Odyssey begins Nassau hangar and ramp expansion

Odyssey Aviation, the premier fixed base operation (FBO) in the Bahamas, recently signed a contract with Island Industries (Bahamas) Limited, distributors of Butler building systems in the Bahamas since 1968, for the construction of Odyssey's new hangar at Nassau's Lynden Pindling International Airport.

The hangar features a 200' clearspan allowing wide open interior hangar space to accommodate clients' aircraft. A 180' by 28' rolling door can be power-closed quickly in inclement weather and is enclosed in pockets when open. In addition, there will be 3,000 sq. ft. of office available to Odyssey's hangar tenants. The roof will comprise a Butler building systems MR24 standing seam roof, the number one choice of roof specifiers.

August 14, 2017
MAGA Aviation expands Bombardier service agreement

Bombardier today announced that MAGA Aviation of Campinas, Bombardier Business Aircraft's maintenance support partner in Brazil and South America, recently received approval to carry out maintenance on Bombardier Global Express and Global 5000 aircraft models. MAGA Aviation has been a Bombardier authorized service facility (ASF) since 2013. 

"MAGA is a dynamic young company that has earned the confidence of Bombardier customers in the region in a relatively short span of time," said Stephane Leroy, vice president, sales Latin America. "This partnership will reinforce Bombardier's strong OEM support in the region, providing additional maintenance capacity to ensure customers have continued access to the highest quality maintenance and support services right in their own backyard."

August 14, 2017
P&WC appoints Rico as approved PT6A service centre

Following its first designated maintenance facility (DMF) announcement at SINDAG last week, Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) announced today at LABACE 2017 that it has appointed its second designated maintenance facility, Rico Taxi Aéreo Ltda., under the company's new global network expansion model. Based in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil, Rico will serve customers of PT6A engines which power Cessna Caravan and Embraer Bandeirante aircraft. The DMF will help grow P&WC's local footprint in Brazil by providing customers with increased availability and accessibility to a broad array of P&WC maintenance services, tools, and spare parts designed to deliver faster service. P&WC is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.

"Our new designated maintenance facility model, launched just a few days ago at SINDAG in Canela, Brazil, reflects the importance of Brazilian customers to P&WC and our continued investment in the country to deliver rapid, flexible and tailored services and solutions," says Michel Toutant, vice president, customer service, P&WC. "By working with Rico and their team of more than 70 employees, we can further extend our local maintenance capabilities, which are strengthened by our new DMF's deep industry expertise and customer knowledge."

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Quest appoints new sales rep for South America

Quest Aircraft today announced the appointment of Hangar Uno as an exclusive authorized sales representative for the Kodiak throughout Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. Hangar Uno is based out of the San Fernando International Airport in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Helivia Aero Taxi celebrates 30th anniversary

Helivia Aero Taxi, S.A., a Greenwich AeroGroup company which was founded in 1987 and pioneered onshore helicopter services in the Amazon, is celebrating this month 30 years of providing service to offshore and onshore clients in the oil and gas industry.

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TruAtlantic gains ANAC approval for Learjet STCs

TruAtlantic Manufacturing, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, has announced that it has received approval from the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) in Brazil for two of its supplemental type certificates on Bombardier Learjet aircraft.

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Leonardo secures further orders in Brazil

Leonardo announced today that further orders from Brazilian executive operators have strengthened the company's position in country and worldwide as a leading provider of corporate and VIP helicopters.

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Bombardier delivers first Learjet 75 to Brazil

Bombardier Business Aircraft announced today that it has delivered its first Learjet 75 aircraft to a Brazilian customer. The aircraft joins Bombardier's business jet fleet of 685 Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft in Latin America.

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Voom teams with Cabify in Sao Paulo

Voom and Cabify, two companies which share a common mission to improve the urban travel experience, today announced their partnering to deliver a seamless ground-to-air travel experience. The partnership, named “CabiFly” and which has officially launched in São Paulo, will enable Paulistanos to book door-to-door, intra-city travel.

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Helicol deal marks Waypoint entry into Colombian market

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited, the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, announced today that it has agreed deal terms for the purchase and lease-back of one AW139 helicopter with Helicol (Helicopteros Nacionales de Colombia, SAS), which is used in support of contracts within the offshore oil and gas sector in Colombia. This is Waypoint's first lease transaction with Helicol and first in Colombia.

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