General Aviation

News and issues concerning general aviation, specifically airplanes and helicopters powered by piston and alternative engines (i.e., non-turbine powered aircraft). Subjects include aircraft, engines, personnel, acquisitions, accidents, safety, security and training.

February 3, 2012 - 3:10am

With the Obama Administration doggedly promoting its proposal for a $100-per-flight user fee for millions of flights by turbine-powered general aviation aircraft, GA interests are organizing continued opposition.

February 2, 2012 - 3:55am

Ventura Airconnect has launched the first intrastate, non-scheduled airline in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It operates twice daily flights between different city pairs within the state. From its bases at Bhopal and Indore, the airline connects Jabalpur, Gwalior, Khajuraho, Agra, Satna, Rewa and tiger resort destinations of Kanha and Bhandavgarh.

January 17, 2012 - 3:20pm

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) launched a campaign called “America Flies” to highlight the importance of general aviation in the U.S. The website also includes a petition that visitors can sign that urges President Obama to stop his “destruction of the aviation industry,” specifically the Commander-in-Chief’s repeated demonization of “corporate jets” and advocacy of aviation user fees. Visitors can also share their stories about how general aviation has positively affected them and/or their communities.

December 8, 2011 - 2:56pm

The EU-China Civil Aviation Project (EUCCAP) held a two-week workshop in Beijing and Zhuhai to introduce Chinese aviation regulators and industry personnel to the European general aviation sector.

November 28, 2011 - 2:15pm
Dubai Air Show 2011 (David McIntosh)

For most of the past decade at least, the Dubai Air Shows have been impressive if a little predictable in the magnitude of the business trumpeted during the biennial events. The message from the Middle East’s aerospace and defense sectors was essentially, “We’ve arrived and for us the only way is up.”

November 15, 2011 - 10:58am
Investor Medrar Financial Group wants to improve the market status of the D-Jet.

Medrar Financial Group of Dubai and Diamond Aircraft Holdings of London, Ontario, signed an agreement yesterday at the Dubai Air Show for Medrar’s acquisition of a majority interest in Diamond. The agreement does not affect Diamond Aircraft Gmbh in Austria.

November 14, 2011 - 11:21am
Diamond D-Jet mockup

Medrar Financial Group of Dubai and Diamond Aircraft Holdings of Austria have signed an agreement for Medrar’s acquisition of a majority interest in Diamond, the companies announced today. The agreement includes Diamond’s piston airplanes as well as its under-development, single-turbine D-Jet.

November 8, 2011 - 3:30pm

The pace of the decline of general aviation aircraft deliveries slowed in the third quarter, according to statistics released yesterday by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).

November 3, 2011 - 1:55pm
Airplane tire and $100 bill

General aviation user fees might not make it into any of the various tax proposals currently floating around Washington, but the concept is harder to kill than a zombie. It’s enough to make anyone want to reach for the antacids.

November 3, 2011 - 1:25pm

A high-level Transportation Security Administration (TSA) official told a group of NBAA operators last month that a revised Large Aircraft Security Program (Lasp) will have a new name when it is re-released for comment, ideally by the end of the year.

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