Engine maker Pratt & Whitney Canada (Stand 2009) is here at LABACE to highlight its engine support capabilities, which are primarily handled through the local service center at Sorocaba in the São Paulo region. Established in 1999, the Sorocaba facility is part of the global PWC support network, reporting to the West Virginia overhaul and service center, but is particularly involved in supporting the more than 2,000 PWC engines that are operational in Brazil.
Those engines range from the smaller members of the PT6A turboprop range to turbofans used in large business jets and regional airliners, and the Sorocaba facility has the capability to perform various levels of maintenance on all of them. For any work that the center cannot undertake then it can draw on the wider PWC network.
As part of PWC’s commitment to cost-effective support it has devised a range of umbrella packages that can be tailored to meet a customer’s particular needs. Operators can choose to pay flat monthly fees per flight hour, in turn receiving guaranteed support and ensuring predictable through-life costs. That support includes major repairs and the ability to call on mobile repair teams that can fly in to provide on-wing maintenance where possible. Pratt & Whitney Canada do Brasil also holds 26 engines of varying types at Sorocaba that can be leased to operators so that they can stay flying while their own engines are being serviced or overhauled.
Source: AIN Online (16/08/2014)
Dassault Falcon Jet is investing in a major expansion of its Sorocaba maintenance facility over the next few months “to better accommodate the demands of Brazilian and other South American customers.” The expansion of the Dassault Aircraft Services-Sorocaba facility will add 10,000 sq ft (929 sq m) of hangar space, significantly boosting the existing 23,000-sq-ft (2,137-sq-m) building and “reinforcing our ability to serve the anticipated demand,” said John Rosanvallon, president and CEO of Dassault Falcon Jet. “We have strong expectations for continued growth in Brazil and elsewhere in Latin America and expect the new facility to reinforce our ability to serve this anticipated demand.”
The French manufacturer’s Sorocaba service center is authorized to perform line maintenance and airframe inspections on all Falcon models except the legacy Falcon 20 and Falcon 100. In addition, the facility is qualified to provide engine maintenance on the CFE-738, Honeywell TFE731-series engines and Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307A and PW308C models. Following the opening of the Sorocaba service center in June 2009, Dassault Falcon Jet has continued to expand the facility with increased manpower, spare parts and tooling.
According to Dassault, the Sorocaba facility is able to “dispatch an AOG team to support Falcon aircraft anywhere in South America, along with the parts and tools necessary to get the aircraft flying again with minimal delay.” The company houses more than $ 4.7 million worth of high-usage parts in its separate São Paulo facility.
Falcons On Show
Dassault has brought two of its popular Falcon business jets here to Congonhas Airport for this week’s LABACE show, looking to underline that it leads the way with a 60 percent market share in the large-cabin segment. The Falcon 7X on the static display here is accompanied by a Falcon 2000LXS/2000S, while the French company has also brought a Falcon 5X cabin mock-up to illustrate the generous space of the in-development aircraft.
The company’s Falcon family has been present in Brazil for the past 40 years. “Brazilians appreciate the superior technology and design of the Falcon jets. We have a Falcon to fit any mission that Brazilian customers demand,” commented Rosanvallon.
According to Dassault, the Falcon 7X, which has a range of 5,950 nm (11,011 km), “is the most popular large-cabin business jet in Brazil, with close to 15 in service.” The trijet can connect São Paulo with destinations throughout the Americas, it adds, “as well as most of Europe, Africa and the Middle East.”
Meanwhile, two new Falcons, the 8X and 5X, are “advancing in the initial manufacturing process,” said the company. These new models are due to enter service, respectively, in 2016 and 2017.
Rosanvallon told AIN that the first 8X has now been assembled and the avionics switched on successfully for the first time. He indicated that several existing 7X owners in South America have already committed to taking the new 8X, which will have a range of 6,450 nm (11,937 km) at Mach .80 cruise speed.
At the LABACE show, many Latin American visitors had their first chance to examine the new entry-level 3,350-nm-range Falcon 2000S. “Equipped with a full slate of standard features, including upgraded EASy II avionics, a FalconCabin HD+ entertainment system and a brand new fixed-configuration cabin designed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA, the Falcon 2000S brings large cabin comfort to the super mid-size segment,” according to Dassault. The Falcon LXS has 4000-nm (7,400-km) range with much of the field performance of the 2000S with a balanced field length of 4,675 ft (sea level, ISA conditions), for example. Many of these features and more will find their way on to the 5X, according to the company.
Source: AIN Online (12/08/2014)
Gulfstream Aerospace has strengthened its Latin American customer support network with the official opening yesterday of its new maintenance facility at Bertram Luiz Leupolz Airport in Sorocaba, around 37 miles (60 km) west of São Paulo. The 38,000-sq-ft (3,530-sq-m) facility is large enough to house four large-cabin and three mid-cabin aircraft simultaneously.
“The demand for Gulfstream aircraft in Brazil was the catalyst for establishing a company-owned maintenance facility in Sorocaba, Brazil, in June 2012,” according to the company. In fact the building was formerly operated by Gulfstream’s General Dynamics sister company Jet Aviation. Gulfstream took full control of the facility last month.
“We have received substantial positive feedback from customers about how much better our location is at Sorocaba airport,” said Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream Product Support, who oversaw the new development. The company’s other main international facilities (outside the U.S.) are in London (Luton Airport) and Beijing.
Here at the LABACE show, Gulfstream is exhibiting examples of its entire product range. AIN flew from Sorocaba into the show site at Congonhas Airport in the company’s flagship G650, which has joined the G550, G450, G280 and G150 on the static display.
Fabio Rebello, Gulfstream’s new regional vice president, international sales for Latin America (in a newly created role after it was separated out of the Asia-Pacific sales role), said that the company’s fleet in the region had grown by 70 percent since 2009, with almost 180 aircraft now based here compared to 105 only five years ago. Mexico has the highest number of Gulfstream aircraft in the region, with 80, and there are more than 30 Gulfstreams based in Venezuela. However it is in Brazil that the growth has really taken off, going from 14 aircraft in 2009 to 40 now (12 mid-size and 28 large-cabin models). He added that nearly half of the large-cabin business jets based in Latin America are manufactured by Gulfstream, including 30 percent of the large-cabin jets in Brazil.
The company is now working toward certification of its new G650ER in the fourth quarter of this year. The new extended range model was announced at EBACE in Geneva this past May. A Gulfstream spokesman confirmed that, “performance of the [aircraft] has already been demonstrated…we have completed all performance flight testing and we are now doing the airplane flight manual modifications. We have confirmed that there is no need for any significant structural changes e.g. for flutter, or for stronger landing gear.” Space for the additional 4,000 pounds (1,814 kg) of fuel was already available in the 650’s wing tanks, he added.
Rebello told AIN that already there have already been 650ERs sold in Latin America, both new aircraft and as retrofit to existing 650s. The conversion costs $2 million and “involves one week of downtime.”
Here in São Paulo this week, Gulfstream also is marking 10 years since the G450 model entered service.
Source: AIN Online (11/08/2014)