Gulfstream Aerospace’s service center in Sorocaba, Brazil, recently performed maintenance on its first Argentina-registered aircraft, some seven months after receiving maintenance authorization approval from Argentina’s Administración Nacional de Aviación Civil. The large-cabin Gulfstream the facility worked on is based at Ministro Pistarini International Airport near Buenos Aires.
“Anytime we can add a maintenance authorization from one of our neighboring countries, it means additional service options for our operators,” said Gulfstream Product Support president Derek Zimmerman. “Most of our South America-based customers are from Brazil, and we have approximately 50 more aircraft based in other countries on the continent, so we will continue to look at enhancing our capabilities.”
Gulfstream Brazil, located at Bertram Luiz Leupolz Airport about 56 miles/90 km from São Paulo, includes a 34,768-sq-ft / 3,230-sq-m hangar and a parts warehouse with approximately $10 million in inventory. Last year, Gulfstream Brazil’s 10 maintenance technicians performed work on 92 aircraft, which included off-site maintenance for customers located at airports in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. Besides Argentina, it also holds maintenance authorization approvals from Brazil, the U.S. and Bermuda.
Source: AIN Online (03/28/2016)
Embraer’s business aircraft service center in Sorocaba, Brazil, this week received certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency covering maintenance for the airframer’s entire business jet family. The important approval, which adds to the blessing already conferred by Brazil’s ANAC agency, came just before the second anniversary of the opening of the 21,500-sq-ft facility at Bertram Luiz Leupolz near São Paulo and is expected to be supplemented by FAA certification around haslfway through this year.
The Brazilian airframer also operates a full-service FBO at the airport. Maintenance operations account for around half of the site’s 215,278 sq ft of hangar space. Embraer also has a service center for its Lineage, Legacy and Phenom jets at its São Jose dos Campos headquarters, supporting a Brazil-based fleet of a around 200 aircraft.
Sorocaba has become the prime business aviation hub for São Paulo-bound traffic as space is limited at the city’s main airport, Guarulhos International, and at other local airports such as Congonhas and Campo de Marte. Service centers for Gulfstream and Dassault Falcon are also located at Sorocaba.
Source: AIN Online (03/03/2016)