The Weekly of Business Aviation previews this week's LABACE conference and reports on legislation introduced in New York City to affect helicopter tourism in the Aug. 10, 2015, issue:

Despite Economy, Outlook Bright For LABACE 2015

Even as Brazil struggles to emerge from one of the worst economies since 1991, organizers of the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) have high expectations for this year’s show in the country’s bustling business center of São Paulo.

“Some smaller exhibitors from last year are not returning, but we have had new exhibitors take their place,” said Ricardo Nogueira, director general of the Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral (ABAG, the General Aviation Association of Brazil). As of early July, more than 95% of both the indoor exhibit space and the aircraft static display space had been sold, he said.

If there is one subject certain to come up at LABACE, set for Aug. 11-13, it remains the apparent government apathy with regard to business aviation, focusing on the ability of the commercial aviation structure to handle more passengers rather than more aircraft. The government, said Nogueira, had promised 270 new airports. They have yet to materialize.

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NYC Legislation Attacks Helicopter Tourism

The New York City Council has recently introduced legislation targeting the city’s helicopter-tourism industry for increased regulation.

In a public announcement on July 23 in downtown Manhattan, the City Council said this legislation “will regulate the tourist helicopter industry in New York City to reduce noise and air pollution for New Yorkers who live and use public parks along the tourist-helicopter routes.”

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