LABACE Opens In Brazil


The Cessna Citation M2 now has been certified to operate to and from airports with elevations up to 14,000 feet, Textron announced on Tuesday at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The new capability means the jet now can operate from La Paz, Bolivia, and Quito, Ecuador. Textron also said it will expand its South American network of service facilities for the King Air line. Also at the show, Embraer announced it has delivered the first Legacy 500 midsize jet to a customer in Mexico. The jet was type-certified by Mexican authorities in June. The company also announced that its follow-on Legacy 450 got Brazilian type certification at the show.

Pilatus Aircraft said Synerjet, based in Sao Paulo, which provides Latin American sales and support for the Pilatus turboprops and the in-development PC-24 twinjet, now plans to establish a new company to offer fractional shares and management services for the PC-12. While the Brazilian economy is currently facing very difficult challenges, Pilatus said, they still see “excellent potential” for future sales of both the PC-12 NG single-engine turboprop and the PC-24.”In particular, the growing agribusiness sector has excellent potential for Pilatus aircraft due to their unique ability to operate from short, unimproved runways, carry large payloads, and loadoversize objects through their cargo doors,” according to the Pilatus news release.