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Aero Expo Panama Pacifico Opens Second Annual Aviation Convention

April 20, 2017
Panama, Republic of Panama

The Aero Expo Panama Pacifico (AEPP) opened today at the Panama Pacifico International Airport (MPPA) in Panama with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by the newly sworn in General Director of Tocumen SA Carlos Duboy, the General Director of the CAA Alfredo Fonseca and the US Ambassador at 9:30 this morning. The event includes over thirty international aviation companies with indoor and outdoor exhibits and static displays of nine aircraft. The expo is supported by six sponsors, and fourteen renowned speakers and presenters.

This makes the expo larger than its premier in 2016, which was hailed as a much needed venue to support the growth of business aviation in the region. “We are really pleased with the turnout,” said Yvan Boniface, the organizer of the event. “Panama is the heart of the Americas, and the business aviation market is having incredible growth. This event has become the quintessential expression of that market.”

The event continues today with indoor trade show exhibitions, aircraft displayed outdoors in an area set up for visitors, and a series of seminars and presentations today by safety, infrastructure and regulation experts. A cocktail reception will be held this evening for select attendees and aviation industry dignitaries. Technical briefings by several aircraft manufacturers will continue tomorrow, as well as the indoor and outdoor exhibits.

In breaking news, exhibitor Synerjet Latina has been named as the Cirrus Aircraft Official Dealer for Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Additional news items announced at the conference will be reported as they occur.

The first expo last year was very well received by the industry. The event ” . . . exceeded our expectations as the first expo that Panama has put on, so we weren’t sure quite what to expect, but they’ve done a really spectacular job . . . really first class . . . great showing of everybody from customers to political figures, we had the Ambassador
out . . . lots of beautiful people, and aircraft and booths. This is important because Panama is the epicenter of all of the activity.” Said Roger Woolsey, CEO of Million Air.

“Setting up such an event . . .says a lot about the dynamism of the country and the business opportunities in the region.” Noted Philippe Casenave, Ambassador of France.

Maciej Mazurowics, Lufthansa Consulting noted the marketing opportunity for exhibitors. “The expo is a great opportunity for us to generate business with our Panamanian partners. It’s our first opportunity to meet them all in one place.”

“We know that Panama and Central America has a very big potential for private aviation.” Said Xavier Pons, Dassault FalconJet.

“Panama is a great part of our market,” said Chris Morales of Textron Aviation. “We do a lot of business here. We love Panama!”

“This is a very important event for us, because we know that business aviation in Panama is booming. It’s the leading market in Central America, and a very important market for us.” Said Gustavo Teixeira, Embraer SA.

More details about this year’s event, including attendance statistics, news events and visitor reactions will be published as they become available.

Exhibitors for the Aero Expo Panama Pacifico include:

  • Aero Ermo – Latin American aviation magazine
  • Aerosupport FBO – FBO services in Colombia & Panama
  • ARINC Direct – Comprehensive flight services
  • AV8 MRO – Aircraft maintenance services in Houston, Texas
  • Aviazión Group – A second time exhibitor at the AEPP17, Aviazión Group provides a wide range of aviation related services in the entire region: manpower, technical assistance and avionics.
  • CAE – Civil aviation training, defense and security, and healthcare.
  • Cirrus Aircraft – Single engine aircraft manufacturer.
  • Dallas Airmotive – OEM authorized, independent supplier of maintenance, repair and overhaul services for small gas turbine engines used in aviation.
  • Dassault Falcon Jet – Dassault Falcon offers a range of six business jets from the twin-engine large-cabin Falcon 2000S to the tri-engine ultra-long range Falcon 8X.
  • Embraer – Embraer is one of the largest aircraft manufacturers in the world, located in Seo Jose dos Camps in Brazil.
  • GlobalParts Group – a distributor of popular products such as the HOTSTOP ‘L’ EVO Fire Containment Kit and a parts provider for Lear Jet Series 20, 30, and 50 series aircraft.
  • Helipan Corporation – Provides a variety of air transportation services, and an authorized Robinson Helicopter service provider in Panama.
  • Honda Jet – Innovative business aircraft
  • JSSI – Jet Support Services Inc., a leader in hourly cost maintenance programs for business, commercial and helicopter programs.
  • Million Air – a US based luxury FBO network.
  • Mapiex International – Latin American FBO services.
  • Rockwell Collins – Commercial & business aviation, plus solutions for airports and other critical infrastructure.
  • Pilatus Aircraft – Aircraft manufacturer based in Switzerland.
  • Satcom Direct – a pioneer in global mobile communication technology solutions.
  • Seijiro Yazawa Iwai – Authorized HondaJet dealer in Central America.
  • Signature Flight Support A Global Fixed Base Operator Network.
  • SSI – Safety and Security Instruction.
  • Synerjet – a distributor of Pilatus and Cirrus aircraft.
  • Textron Aviation – Aircraft manufacturer. Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker are Textron Aviation brands.
  • Tocumen International Airport – Tocumen is the international airport of Panama.
  • UNAQ – Universidad Aeronáutica en Querétaro – Querétaro Aeronautical University (Mexico)
  • Universal Weather & Aviation, a provider of weather and fuel support services for business and commercial aviation.

Levon Aviation Ltd. has been appointed the official supplier of AEPP17, and provided services including electric power supply, aircraft ground power unit rental, air conditioning unit rental, and aircraft detailing services on site for exhibitors.
ABCI was selected to provide marketing services leading up to the event, including social media and press releases.


Aero Expo in Panama to Showcase Luxury Travel

March 31, 2017
Panama, Republic of Panama

Attendees at the Aero Expo Panama Pacifico (AEPP) will have an opportunity seldom seen in Panama – to walk among business aircraft, including the new HondaJet, Cirrus and Pilatus aircraft, and
experience luxury travel options.

Selected participants will be invited to a cocktail reception sponsored by Seijiro Yazawa Iwai Aviation Inc. (SYI Aviation) the exclusive distributor of HondaJet in Central America. The event is also supported by luxury concierge company Quintessentially.

“An event involving these three companies promises to be a memorable experience,” said organizer Yvan Boniface. SYI, HondaJet and Quintessentially each bring something very unique and rare to this marketplace.”

SYI has been named the exclusive distrubutor of HondaJet in Central America. “Just as at Honda Aircraft Company, we are always looking ‘in the skies’ for new ways to develop long-term business
growth; and partnering as a Honda Aircraft dealer is yet another way to expand our business portfolio,” said Mitsuru Yazawa, President of SYI Aviation. “One of our core values as a company is strong customer service and we are excited to continue that exceptional service representing HondaJet in Central America.”

Quintessentially is a luxury concierge service. Their member requests range from the unusual and extravagant to the “downright crazy,” as they outline on their website. Quintessentially has closed the Sydney Harbour Bridge for a private climb and unique marriage proposal, arranged a party for 300 at the Pyramids in Egypt, created a romantic meal for two on an iceberg, and even built a replica ‘bat cave’ in a Member’s home for one avid film fan.

AEPP will be held at the Panama Pacifico International Airport on April 20 and 21, 2017, and will include a diverse slate of exhibitors and attendees from the Americas and Caribbean. It is the largest aviation exhibition in Central America, the Caribbean and the Andean region and promises from early registrations and exhibition agreements to be larger than its premier in 2016.

Levon Aviation Ltd. has been appointed the official supplier of AEPP17, and will provide services including electric power supply, aircraft ground power unit rental, air conditioning unit rental, and aircraft detailing services on site for exhibitors.

About Quintessentially

Quintessentially was launched in SoHo, London, in December 2000 by co-founders Aaron Simpson, Ben Elliot and Paul Drummond as a luxury concierge service available to each Member 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Quintessentially is on-hand to assist with last minute restaurant reservations, holiday bookings and theatre and opera tickets, access to clubs, parties and special events. Today, Quintessentially has expanded into more than 60 cities around the world providing their global lifestyle management service. They can be contacted via their website, http://quintessentially.com.pa

About SYI Aviation

SYI was founded in 1928 in Caracas, Venezuela, and established operations in Panama in 1928. The third-generation family business provides infrastructure, products and equipment for medical services, machinery and heavy equipment for the industry, as well as infrastructure for electrical services in more than eight countries. SYI has been designated as the official distributor for HondaJet in Central America, and will provide sales, service, and support for the most advanced light jet in the world. Its operating territory will include Central America, the Caribbean and South America, including Ecuador, Colombia, Benezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.

About Honda Aircraft Company

Honda Aircraft Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Founded in 2006. The parent company of Honda Aircraft is located in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd., is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of the earliest dreams in advancing human mobility towards the skies. See the Honda Jet at www.hondajet.com


Aero Expo Panama Pacifico Announces Program & Suppliers

March 21, 2017
Panama, Republic of Panama

Yvan Boniface, organizer of Aero Expo Panama Pacifico, has announced the preliminary program for the event, including speakers, topics, exhibitors and official suppliers.

The Aero Expo Panama Pacifico (AEPP) will be held at the Panama Pacifico International Airport from April 20-21, 2017, and will include a diverse slate of exhibitors and attendees from the Americas and Caribbean. It is the largest aviation exhibition between Mexico and Brazil and promises from early registrations and exhibition agreements to be larger than its premier in 2016.

The program outlines the two days of events, beginning with an opening ceremony and ribbon cutting at 9:30 AM local time on Thursday, April 20.

From 10:30 to 12:30, the conference will include a presentations from Joseph Fidanque III, the Director General of Tocumen SA, and Fernando Ratto, the Project Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean, who is expected to speak about the Airport Master Plan. Christopher Barks, the Director of the Western Hemisphere Office of the FAA will speak about ADS-B Implementation in the US before 2020.

On Friday, April 21st, the conference will continue with a presentation by Captain Daniel Puyol of CRM on Human Factors in Aviation. Other workshops and technical briefings will be provided by Dassault,and Embraer; as well as the Querétaro Aeronautical University (Mexico), and the Technological University of Panama. Drone usage is tentatively planned as a technical or workshop topic for Friday as well, presenters and titles to be announced.

All presentations, workshops and technical briefings are included with the AEPP Admission Pass.

Levon Aviation Ltd. has been appointed the official supplier of AEPP17, and will provide services including electric power supply, aircraft ground power unit rental, air conditioning unit rental, and aircraft detailing services on site for exhibitors.

“This company is recognized for the quality of their equipment and for the level of service they deliver to exhibitors at major international airshows,” Boniface noted. “It is a true honor to have inked the partnership with the Levon group.”


Million Air FBO to Exhibit At AEPP in Panama for the Second Year

February 28, 2017
Panama, Republic of Panama

Million Air, the U.S. based FBO chain, will be exhibiting at the Aero Expo Panama Pacifico for the second year.

The Aero Expo Panama Pacifico will be held at the Panama Pacifico International Airport from April 20-21, 2017, and will include a diverse slate of exhibitors and attendees from the Americas and Caribbean. It is the largest aviation exhibition between Mexico and Brazil and promises from early registrations and exhibition agreements to be larger than its premier in 2016.

“Business aviation plays a vital role in the prospering of employees, companies, and communities they serve, for all of Panama,” said Roger Woolsey, Million Air’s Chief Executive Officer. “I think this aviation convention is a great platform for advocating to policy makers and community leaders, the value that business aviation brings to this great country.”

The Million Air team will be featuring several new business developments, including an investment of $70 million into a rebuild of the current FBO facility at Westchester County Airport (HPN.) HPN is the second busiest general aviation airport in the North America with convenient access to to New York City . Million Air Houston is building two new hangars and a third Super Structure hangar to be completed by Fall 2017. Million Air is breaking ground on their newest FBO location, in Austin, TX, within the next few months.

Roger Woolsey, the CEO of Million Air, will be in attendance at the show with a team of representatives from several Million Air locations that can assist visitors with any questions about specific FBOs or business development inquiries.

Million Air keeps a busy exhibition schedule worldwide. Besides AEPP, Million Air also exhibits at AeroExpo in Mexico, ABACE in China, CBAA in Canada, and all NBAA conventions and regional forums in the United States.

About Million Air

Headquartered in Houston, Million Air is an award-winning network of 30 luxury executive FBO terminals, spanning three continents. Million Air has been named Best Large FBO Chain for the past five years delivering genuine care and exceptional service to aircraft owners, pilots and their distinguished guests. To read more about Million Air, visit www.millionair.com.


Tocumen SA to Host And Sponsor the Second Annual Aero Expo Panama Pacifico

February 7, 2017
Panama, Republic of Panama

Tocumen SA, the International Airport in Panama City, Panama will be the host and a Platinum Sponsor of the Aero Expo Panama Pacifico, a trade show that will be held in April of 2017.

Joseph Fidanque III, General Manager of Tocumen SA, has confirmed that he will be one of the keynote speakers at the conference.

“Tocumen is pleased to host this event for the second year. The Aero Expo Panama Pacifico is an opportunity for people from all over the world, particularly the Americas and Caribbean, to become acquainted with the amenities we have for business aviation in this very convenient location.” Said Fidanque.

“Many people realize that Tocumen International Airport serves over fourteen million passengers flying in or connecting through Panama City each year, but we serve more than just airlines. This event is an opportunity for the business aviation community to fly in and see us firsthand.”

About About Tocumen Airport SA

Tocumen International Airport (IATA: PTY, ICAO: MPTO) is the international airport of Panama City, the capital of Panama. The historic airport serves as the homebase for Copa Airlines and is a regional hub to and from The Caribbean, South, North and Central America and additionally features routes to some major European cities.


GlobalParts Group to Showcase Products at Aero Expo Panama Pacifico in April

January 25, 2017
Panama, Republic of Panama

GlobalParts Group (GlobalParts.aero) will be exhibiting for the first time at the Aero Expo Panama Pacifico (#AEPP17, AeroExpo-Panama.com) to be held in Panama in April 2017.

Team members had attended last year’s event (the first annual Aero Expo Panama Pacifico event) and noticed that many customers and potential customers were attending, and made the decision to exhibit in 2017.

No stranger to the Latin American market, GlobalParts also exhibits at LABACE in Brazil and the Aero Expo and CIAM, both in Mexico.

GlobalParts is widely known as a dealer for the HOT-STOP ‘L’ EVO Fire Containment Kits, recently in the news as a solution for consumer electronics that may pose a risk of fire in flight. In September 2016, the FAA issued a warning against using the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on aircraft. Small, powerful lithium batteries in other portable consumer electronics have also been noted as a fire risk.

The company also supports aircraft that are very popular in the Latin American market. GlobalParts is responsible for planning, stocking, and parts distribution for the Learjet 20, Learjet 30, and Learjet 50 series. Approximately 2,000 Learjet 20, Learjet 30, and Learjet 50 series aircraft were produced from the 1960s into the early 2000s, with the majority still in service.

Ralph Garcia will be attending as the GlobalParts.aero outside Sales Representative for this region. Garcia will be highlighting the unique capabilities that make GlobalParts a one – source aviation parts solution and looks forward to meeting attendees at this event.

About Global Parts Group

The GlobalParts Group of companies, founded in 2003, serve the worldwide aviation spares market with quality aircraft part through their ISO AS9120A and ASA-100 accredited distribution, two FAA certified Part 145 Overhaul and Repair stations, and their ISO AS9100C build to print manufacturing facility. Supplying factory-certified parts for aircraft from piston through regional jets, GlobalParts.aero can support any aviation need. With a specialty in corporate aviation support, we carry an extensive inventory covering Beechcraft, Hawker, Learjet, Challenger, Global, Citation and Embraer. GlobalParts is also known for its 24-hour AOG and guaranteed same day shipping. www.globalparts.aero For more information, please contact Malissa Nesmith, Senior VP / COO.


Bizav Expo in Panama to Highlight Latin American Market

December 13, 2016
Panama, Republic of Panama

Most aviation professionals recognize that Latin America is a strong and growing sector for business aviation.

The Aero Expo Panama Pacifico has opened registrations for its second annual event to help aviation companies worldwide to connect with this market.

Aviation growth is strong in Latin America and 42% of aircraft delivered in the area are delivered outside of Mexico and Brazil. This makes Panama the center of this thriving region. In Latin America 2,130 business aircraft will be delivered in the next 20 years (vs 2,220 in the Greater China region – Bombardier Forecast).

“We are excited to bring this conference to this market,” said organizer Yvan Boniface. “And Panama is really the heart of the Americas – it’s one of the best connected cities in the Western Hemisphere, easily reached from North, Central, South America and the Caribbean.”

Last year’s event included six aircraft on display, 25 exhibitors including several original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), worldwide and local FBOs, fuel providers, and maintenance and repair organizations (MRO). Attendees included more than 500 visitors from 15 countries.

This year, the group is placing special emphasis on participation by helicopter and rotor companies. 27% of the Latin American helicopter fleet is expected to be replaced in the next ten years, and general growth of the helicopter market in Latin America is projected to be 8%, well above the worldwide average. “We understand that networking opportunities are one of the most valuable aspects of an Expo,” mentions Boniface. “So we have committed to opening conversations in advance of the event using social media.” The group responds to tweets and posts using the hashtag “#AEPP17” on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter. A special LinkedIn group has been established to include questions, answers, and other conversations to assist first time and returning exhibitors.

Other industry experts agree that Latin America is an excellent opportunity. Fabrice Roger is the Sales Director for Latin America at Jetcraft Corporation. In an interview for FlyCorporate, he said, ”I deal with people interested in private aircraft ownership every day and can tell you that an improving economy is one of the major reasons for this growth. Latin America is home to many new millionaires and billionaires, and they are increasingly seeing the benefits of private aircraft ownership.”

Special laws and incentives have been developed in recent years to foster the development of aviation companies in Panama.

About Aero Expo Panama Pacifico

The first annual Aero Expo Panama Pacifico was held in Panama City in 2016. AEPP is the only aviation exposition of its kind between Mexico and Brazil.

Its purpose is to become the most relevant trade fair and marketing forum in Latam for Business Aviation. The first event included a wide, diverse and growing market for business aviation products and services; indoor and outdoor exhibits and displays, as well as educational seminars. Events included a panel discussion on finance and legal aspects of business aviation and a panel discussion on the future of business aviation in Panama and the region.

For all enquiries and more information about this event, please contact: AEPP – Panama Tel: +507 6408 1983, Email: yb@aeroexpo-panama.com Find us on Twitter: @AeroExpoPTY

Interviews and high-resolution photographs are available on request.