There are varying perspectives on whether general aviation (GA) is declining or poised for a renaissance generated by new interest in light sport aircraft (LSA) and avionics technology. When attending the annual EAA AirVenture extravaganza in Oshkosh, Wis., for example, it is always interesting to see the contrast between those who complain about the cost of flying and those who embrace every new development.
General aviation is an extraordinary industry with a terrible appellation. How is it that the industry spawned by the heroic efforts of the Wright brothers, the industry that gave birth to the jewel of the U.S.'s industrial might–the aerospace industry–and the industry that includes the magic of teaching anyone interested how to fly, goes by the generic-sounding term "general aviation?"
Think back to when you were a fresh-faced kid staring into a beckoning sky, building the foundations of the passion for flying that has sustained your life since. The future of general aviation depends on reigniting that dream in younger generations, and all of us owe it to our roots to play a part in fanning the flames.
Last November’s Airshow China in Zhuhai proved both illuminating and encouraging to those who eagerly anticipate the long-awaited emergence of business and general aviation in the People’s Republic. Because, despite all the fuss about China’s potential, the hard data paints the real picture of a sector of aviation that has just barely begun to taxi from the stand.
The Future of Aviation Advisory Committee (FAAC), whose membership represents a cross section of the aviation industry, last month presented Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood with a list of recommendations aimed at ensuring the strength, competitiveness and safety of U.S. aviation.
NBAA and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) announced that two Light Business Aviation (LBA) Conferences will be held this year–one at each group's annual convention. The two groups had planned similar LBA conferences in 2008, but those plans were scuttled when the economy deteriorated later in the year.
In the three years since the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (Labace) was relaunched, it has benefited from an increasingly healthy economic environment in Latin America and in particular in host country Brazil.
More than 14,000 visitors this year attended the three-day show–the seventh–500 more than last year. Labace also hosted a record-setting number of static display aircraft (56) and exhibitors (150).
Latin American countries are poised to play an important part in business aviation’s recovery, according to aviation consultant Brian Foley. “Latin America has historically been the third-largest market for business aircraft,” he said. There are nearly 31,000 private business jets and turboprops worldwide, with 62 percent based in the U.S. and Canada, followed by 13 percent in Europe and a “surprising” 12 percent in Latin America.
More than 500 general aviation employees, 50 state and local officials and several industry leaders gathered at the Air10 Jet Center at Lunken Airport last month for the Ohio General Aviation Forum. The event was organized by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and featured remarks by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Reps.
The general and business aviation alphabet groups participated in a General Aviation Caucus event at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday that featured academy award-winning actor and avid pilot Harrison Ford. Before more than 250 congressional staff and industry representatives, including at least 20 House representatives and five senators, Ford talked about his passion for aviation and GA’s positive economic impact and humanitarian efforts.