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.

July 23, 2007 - 10:27am

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association is urging the European Union to unify rules for general aviation operations rather than leave regulation to individual member states of the EU.

June 19, 2007 - 5:38am

Could Embraer have become the first voice in aviation to commit to the notion that passengers aren’t necessarily all enthralled with the “no frills” concept of air travel and that they may be prepared to pay a little bit extra to feel less like self-loading cargo?

June 18, 2007 - 10:14am

After five years of hard work and great change, airlines expect a projected profit in 2007, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Carriers nearly broke even in 2006 and expect to make $5 billion this year, said director-general Giovanni Bisignani.

June 17, 2007 - 8:22am
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For many, the name Le Bourget is forever linked to one event, celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. Back in 1927, a young airmail pilot named Charles Lindbergh captivated the world when he flew his Spirit of St. Louis nonstop from New York and landed at Le Bourget.

The airport is home to one of the world’s most extensive collection of historic aircraft. More than 350 types are on display at Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace.

May 31, 2007 - 9:41am

The light-airplane segment of the general aviation industry is showing evidence of contracting, but it is too early to determine whether this is a trend that will continue or whether the segment will turn around. General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) statistics for the first quarter show that deliveries of piston-powered airplanes dropped 7.7 percent over the first quarter of last year.

May 31, 2007 - 6:43am

The next time you’re crossing the Atlantic in the stratosphere with the luxury of a glass panel, precision navigation and reliable jet power (not to mention a galley and a lav), tip your hat to Charles Lindbergh. It was 80 years ago, on May 21, 1927, when the Lone Eagle set down his Ryan monoplane at Le Bourget in Paris after flying solo across the Atlantic for more than 33 hours.

May 16, 2007 - 10:47am

The FAA, NASA and NCAM (National Consortium for Aviation Mobility) hosted SATS 2005 Sunday through today and drew a larger than anticipated crowd of visitors, including the Administrators of both the FAA and NASA.

April 17, 2007 - 10:53am

Viking Air, which last year announced that it was considering restarting production of the 19-passenger DHC-6 Twin Otter, confirmed last week that the program will proceed.

April 2, 2007 - 10:39am

The House Appropriations Committee included language in the Department of Homeland Security fiscal year 2005 budget that requires Secretary Tom Ridge, in conjunction with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Secret Service, to develop and implement a “reasonable and effective” security plan restoring access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) for security-qualified charter and GA operators by November 30.

March 28, 2007 - 10:35am

AYRES S2T-T65, MAGDALENA, N.M., JAN. 8, 2004–Ayres N3100E, registered to the U.S. Department of State Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Matters (INM), was destroyed during a forced landing in a heavily forested area west of Magdalena at approximately 10 a.m. According to the local police, the engine quit, and after the airplane crashed it was consumed by fire.

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