FAA to examine aging GA aircraft fleet

 - September 20, 2006, 11:34 AM

An FAA meeting on March 22 and 23 in Kansas City, Mo., will address continued airworthiness of the U.S. general aviation fleet. The meeting, focusing on small airplanes, comes nearly six years after a similar gathering in 2000. Since then “there have been GA fatal accidents caused by the effects of airplane aging,” the agency said. According to the FAA, the average GA airplane is 35 years old. The General Aviation Manufacturers Association said recent data shows an average age of 16 years for business jets and 21 for turboprops.