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.

May 7, 2008 - 7:40am

There may be some pilots who fly airplanes solely because it’s a soft ride to a bloated paycheck, and they may think EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., is only about little airplanes that “aren’t serious.” But most pilots don’t.

May 7, 2008 - 7:12am

Shipments of new general aviation airplanes manufactured throughout the world totaled 1,766 units in the first nine months of 2002, down 16.6 percent from the same period last year, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Turboprops took the biggest hit: from 284 delivered in the first three quarters of last year to 170 in the same period this year, a decline of 40.1 percent.

May 6, 2008 - 9:46am

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association has opened its membership to include non-U.S. manufacturers, a major shift for the association and its future influence in the worldwide business aviation community. The move was not unexpected. For the last 10 years GAMA has been getting more and more involved in international business aviation issues. Also, the mergers in the 1990s of non-U.S. manufacturers with U.S.

May 6, 2008 - 4:35am

The resilience of general aviation was never more in evidence than at EAA’s AirVenture in late July, when an estimated 750,000 airplane buffs made the annual pilgrimage to east central Wisconsin for the 50th time.

March 19, 2008 - 1:28pm

The National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) has named Washington the “Most Innovative State” this year for developing an online pilot-registration program that funds search-and-rescue projects and maintains and preserves GA airports.

March 19, 2008 - 1:26pm

After recent visits to three Florida airports under pressure either to close or severely restrict operations, National Air Transportation Association president Jim Coyne termed the “town hall” meetings successful.

March 19, 2008 - 1:21pm

The FAA Management Advisory Council (MAC) should have more representation from general aviation, AOPA told Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta early last month. The MAC counsels FAA Administrator Marion Blakey and senior agency leadership on management, policy, spending and regulatory matters.

February 6, 2008 - 10:29am

Cirrus Design late last year struck a deal with the Duluth, Minn. Economic Development Authority to move its single-engine jet research and development activity to a former Northwest Airlines maintenance hangar adjacent to its headquarters at Duluth Airport. The authority on December 27 passed a resolution of intent to lease the 189,000-sq-ft facility to Cirrus for 25 years, with an option for 25 more.

February 6, 2008 - 10:29am

Cirrus Design late last year struck a deal with the Duluth, Minn. Economic Development Authority to move its single-engine jet research and development activity to a former Northwest Airlines maintenance hangar adjacent to its headquarters at Duluth Airport. The authority on December 27 passed a resolution of intent to lease the 189,000-sq-ft facility to Cirrus for 25 years, with an option for 25 more.

February 4, 2008 - 9:48am

Marsha Mills was not an aviation artist, but as the exclusive artist for the First Flight Centennial Foundation, she’s quickly becoming one.

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