Ahead of the 2016 LABACE show's opening general session, Dario Lopes, Brazil’s secretary of civil aviation, explained to AIN the changes announced last week in the government’s regional airports program. Apparently, the ministry selected 176 airports as its priority list, then ranked them by factors such as revenue and profit/loss (for those that are not operating, it simulated potential revenues). “The smaller the loss, the better,” Lopes said.
Another factor was “the area served by the airport, and the priority given to it by both airlines, and by general aviation,” said Lopes. The 53 airports designated as priorities, he said, cover 80 percent of the priorities indicated by airlines and ABAG. The Amazon region was given special weight, and each state also got at least one project, with a few exceptions. Lopes also said the completion of the Sorocaba control tower was a special priority.
Asked about whether new technology, such as satellite GPS navigation and remote towers, could make regional airports more economical, he immediately noted that the SAC is waiting on approval from the Air Force’s airspace control group DECEA to implement remote weather stations. “This lets us get METARs without having to station people there,” he said. A remote tower is currently under test at Matão airport.
After the formal opening, Lopes responded to a question from a reporter from the Amazon region about internationalizing airports, especially that of Porto Velho, an initiative requested by IATA to have an approved alternate airport in the region, and this was also in response to requests from the presidents of Bolivia and Peru. Lopes noted that there’s more to it than simply declaring airports to be international; there has to be a permanent presence of customs, immigration and other personnel, for example. The awareness not only of construction costs but also of operational costs may represent a step upward for Brazil, which is littered with disused stadiums from the 2014 World Cup, and recovering from a corruption scandal emanating from questionable construction contracts.
Source: AIN Online (08/30/16)
Air Elite and World Fuel Services Network recently provided Brazil’s World-Way Aviation with marketing support during this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Since World-Way Aviation is a member of both networks, it received special marketing support to serve customers and attract new visitors. This support included digital advertising on major flight planning, promotional items and signage branded cups and napkins as well as advertising on World Fuel Services websites.
Ana Recart, CEO of World-Way Aviation, said, “World Fuel Services’ team reached out to us well in advance of the Olympics so that we could formulate a plan. Their team made it a point to learn specifically in which areas we wanted support for the events and delivered all of the items they promised. We are thankful for World Fuel Services and the Air Elite Network’s support. We are certain that they will be a valuable partner for us for any future events that may come to our region.”
This is not the first time FBOs in the World Fuel Services Network and Air Elite Network have received similar marketing support. These FBOs received promotional support during Super Bowls XLIX and 50 as well as the World Cup, Daytona 500 and other NASCAR races.
Source: AIN Online (08/30/16)
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While both plans (Catarina Executive Airport and Aerovale in Caçapava) to bulldoze hills into airports have finished the bulldozing only to stall, the São Paulo state airport authority has steadily improved Sorocaba Airport, investing state funds when federal promises failed to materialize.
Over the past 5 years, “The system of taxiways, ramps, and infrastructure for new hangars were enlarged,” stated the airport. “The runway, which was 4,855 feet, was increased by 492 feet to to 5347 feet. The aircraft ramp was expanded from 64,600 to 159,300 sq ft. Two new taxiways were constructed and the four existing ones were widened.” While the runway expansion awaits certification by Brazilian aviation authority ANAC, construction of a control tower progresses, with brick and mortar to be finished this year, and equipment expected to be installed and ready next year.
Embraer opened its first FBO at Sorocaba, along with a service center that this year received EASA and FAA certification. This is one of 34 maintenance shops in Sorocaba which include Pratt & Whitney Canada, Gulfstream and Dassault.
World-Way Aviation opened its Air Elite FBO at Sorocaba this year. Heavily capitalized startup CB Air, after 20 years as the flight department of retail giant Casas Bahia, received its Part 135 charter certificate in January 2015, and its 107,600-sq-ft installations at Sorocaba include an FBO.
The Minister of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services, Marcos Pereira, visited Sorocaba—including Embraer’s hangar thereon July 29, and expressed interest in internationalization of the airport, a move that would make it easier to attract maintenance work from outside Brazil.
Sorocaba is one many airports operated by state agency DAESP (Departamento Aeroviário do Estado de São Paulo). The state has a bid out to privatize a group of five airports, including two important to business aviation: Campos dos Amarais in Campinas, and Jundiaí. “All are geared primarily to the development of general aviation, with a focus on business aviation and airtaxi,” according to Artesp, the state transport agency responsible for the international bid. “The minimum investment during the thirty-year concession will be R$90.1 million [$28.15 million], of which R$32.4 million [$10.1 million] will be concentrated in the first four years.” In prior bids the airports have found no takers and, as of mid-August, one of the two bidders had been “disclassified” while the other had been “disqualified” so there may be yet another bid.
Source: AIN Online (25/08/16)
The public comment period regarding a proposed landing fee rate hike at Teterboro Airport (KTEB) closes today. According to airport manager Renee Spann, the increases are necessary so “revenues more closely align with capital and operating costs.”
Scheduled to take effect on September 1, the new fee schedule will hike costs for aircraft weighing less than 6,000 pounds to $21.25 from $17; aircraft weighing between 6,000 and 12,499 pounds will incur a fee of $31.25, up from $25. For aircraft weighing between 12,500 pounds and 79,999 pounds, fees will rise from $3.50 to $4.38 per 1,000 pounds, and for those exceeding 80,000 pounds they will jump from $6.50 to $8.15 per 1,000 pounds.
According to FAA statistics, KTEB is by far the busiest airport in the country in terms of business jet operations, logging nearly 137,000 from July 2015 through June 2016. The landing fee increases would be the first at the New Jersey general aviation-exclusive airport since 2009. Comments can be sent through today to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: AIN Online (08/10/16)
The Rio Olympics opened this weekend without notable general aviation traffic flow issues, despite heightened security procedures. “The lack of issues is a testament to planning,” Universal Weather and Aviation operations communications manager Christine Vamvakas told AIN, citing presentations over the last year to inform clients. “We were proactive in communicating to clients as new regulatory demands appeared, avoiding surprises.”
The Brazilian air force’s Center for Management of Air Navigation (CGNA) set up a “master room” to track all aircraft movements during the Games, including teams, heads of state and business aviation. One general aviation logistics manager praised the help and cooperation of CGNA and the Secretariat of Civil Aviation, and corrections made since the 2014 World Cup.
Reported security delays have been minimal, despite new security inspections for business aircraft; heightened screening of domestic airline passengers; red, yellow and white airspace restriction zones; and military vetting of the limited number of aircraft providing aerial press coverage.
However, challenges remain. Rio’s downtown Santos Dumont airport will be closed 4.5 hours every afternoon from now until August 18 for sailing events in the bay, but is open all night for business aviation. Vamvakas said that airport departures are more difficult due to last-minute change requests and she thus is advising clients to “wait a day or two to leave” after the August 21 closing ceremony.
Source: AIN Online (08/09/16)