March

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The first annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) was held in mid-March amid much fanfare. The exhibition featured nearly 80 exhibitors in 185 booth spaces at the Transamérica Expo Center in São Paulo, Brazil, and 16 aircraft on static display at the Congonhas Airport. [more] On March 6, Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corporation continued its SJ30 certification program with the launch of its second new SJ30-2. The conforming twinjet lifted off at 9:10 a.m. to join serial number 0002 in the FAA flight test program. Also in March, AVweb reported that effective Jan. 1, 2004, all turbojet-powered aircraft would be required to have Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs). All installations of the ELTs (including turbine-powered airplanes) must comply with either TSO C126 or C91a.