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.

September 19, 2006 - 8:27am

Even though a general aviation airplane has never been used for a known act of terrorism, securing general aviation airports against any such act continues to be a high priority throughout the nation.

While federal government agencies have decided that terrorists using a general aviation aircraft as a weapon of mass destruction is highly unlikely, the perception of a threat is forcing airports to take protective measures.

September 19, 2006 - 6:33am
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User fees, career-building strategies and striking a balance between professional success and personal achievements topped the agenda at the 17th annual Women in Aviation International (WAI) conference, held from March 23 to 25 in Nashville, Tenn. The three-day conference set attendance records for the association, as more than 3,100 people from all segments of the industry attended.

September 19, 2006 - 6:18am
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Viking Air, the Vancouver-based specialist in support, STCs and airframe mods for de Havilland Canada (DHC) Beavers and Otters, has acquired full production rights for the full line of DHC aircraft up to the DHC-7 Dash 7.

September 18, 2006 - 11:58am
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In the most recent flare-up of controversy about MU-2 safety and upcoming formal training requirements, a small bit of information about something called “level-E” training standards leaked out of the voluminous FAA reports yet didn’t get much attention.

September 18, 2006 - 10:53am

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September 13, 2006 - 2:34pm

In the third quarter, the FAA is expected to begin awarding supplemental type certificates for installation of AmSafe inflatable seatbelts in dozens of models of general aviation aircraft. AmSafe helped write special conditions, which the FAA published in April, to help make the STC process more efficient.

September 13, 2006 - 7:34am

The British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) expects to have a more constructive relationship with the UK government following the acceptance by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of new strategic and regulatory reviews of the country’s general aviation industry.

August 18, 2006 - 6:01pm

Canada’s private, user-fee-based ATC system–Nav Canada–believes that general aviation operators are double-charged for use of Canada’s aviation infrastructure and that fuel excise taxes should be reduced.

October 5, 2001 - 11:23am

General aviation leaders trouped up to Capitol Hill late last month to plead with Congress for an audience with President Bush’s security advisors to explain the missions and uses of their segment of the nation’s air transportation system, and to try to head off more permanent and onerous restrictions.

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