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The general aviation market has expanded considerably in Brazil unlike in other countries,” said Eduardo Marson, president of the Brazilian Civil Aviation Association (ABAG).

The sector soared 6.4 percent from 2010 to 2011 and should grow 4.5 to 5 percent from 2011 to 2012, he added. “But we are not immune from the world (economic) crisis,” he said.

The three-day air show, which closed Friday, drew around 100 manufacturers including Canada’s Bombardier, Gulfstream and Hawker Beechcraft from the United States, Europe’s Airbus, and Brazil’s Embraer, as well as airplane service, insurance and maintenance providers.

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