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.

December 3, 2013 - 3:05am

The White House released a report on the impact and cost of the October 2013 federal government shutdown, estimating costs anywhere from $2- to $6 billion in lost output for the overall economy.

Among the hardest hit by the 16-day furlough of non-exempt government employees was general aviation. The move closed the FAA Registry office and delayed other certification activities, imposing widespread hardship on general aviation manufacturers. The Registry must approve each certificate of registration that is required for the sale, export and import of an aircraft.

November 26, 2013 - 3:25pm

Effective December 1, most general aviation flights in China will enjoy a significantly simpler planning process, with military approval for such civil flights no longer required. The long awaited alleviation of the “regulations on the approval and management of general aviation flight mission” was announced on November 18 by the People’s Liberation Army general staff department and the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

November 26, 2013 - 2:25pm

Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) and New Tribes Mission (NTM) are working together to deliver food, clean water and other critical aid to remote island communities of the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. NTM, which already had three aircraft (two Cessna 206s and a Robinson R44) stationed in the Philippines, was “uniquely positioned to help.” MAF personnel traveled to the Philippines to assist the NTM crew with logistics.

November 14, 2013 - 12:11pm

GAMA’s board of directors elected Steve Taylor, president of Boeing Business Jets, the association’s chairman for 2014. Taylor previously served as GAMA’s vice chairman of the board and as chairman of the flight operations policy committee. Joe Brown, president of Hartzell Propeller, was selected as GAMA’s vice chairman. He will also continue to serve as chairman of GAMA’s policy and legal issues committee. Meanwhile, GAMA’s board of directors approved Stevens Aviation as a member company.

November 5, 2013 - 3:05pm

Piper’s aircraft deliveries and revenues “trended up” for three consecutive quarters, continuing an improving trend in a challenging economy for general aviation aircraft. During the third quarter, Piper delivered 41 aircraft, including eight Meridian turboprop singles, worth $37.2 million. In the first nine months, the Vero Beach, Fla. aircraft manufacturer shipped 127 aircraft, including 20 Meridians, and revenue from new aircraft sales grew to $113.9 million, compared with $106.9 million during the same period last year.

October 24, 2013 - 4:25pm

Patrick Ky, the new executive director at the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), is willing to take into account peculiarities of general aviation, which includes business aviation and helicopters, in future regulation. Prompted to react to the industry’s unease at often being lumped with the airline world, Ky confirmed that EASA is carrying on with its efforts, with the FAA, toward less restrictive and more performance-based certification rules, he told AIN.

October 24, 2013 - 2:20pm

The Rosen iPad Mount from Rosen Sunvisor Systems (Booth No. C7913) is making its NBAA debut here at the NBAA 2013. The system clamps on any visor monorail system 5/16” or smaller, allowing pilots to position iPads running aviation navigation apps for easy viewing above the glare shield.

“Everyone wants an iPad mount. We’re adjusting to demand,” said Scott Fowler, director of sales and marketing for the Eugene, Ore.-based company.

October 23, 2013 - 9:30pm

First-time NBAA exhibitors Aviation Partners Group (APG) of Punta Gorda, Florida, and Oma Sud of Capua, Italy and Miami, are presenting here at NBAA 2013 the Oma Sud Skycar (B. No. N409). Designed and developed in Italy, the five-place, all-metal piston twin-engine Skycar is both FAA and EASA certified. Designed for missions ranging from executive transport to cargo hauling and patrol work, the aircraft is currently receiving enhancements including air-conditioning, composite three-bladed propellers, electronic ignition and tuned exhaust system.

October 23, 2013 - 8:30pm

Hosted by NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen, the Second Day General Session here at NBAA 2013 brought together top executives from business and general aviation’s leading advocacy groups to discuss how to advance the needs of private aviation in a time of political gridlock and fiscal constraints.

“This industry is enormously heavily regulated by the federal government,” Bolen told attendees, “so the shutdown has a disproportionate impact on this industry.”

October 22, 2013 - 7:15am

“We have fun owners!” laughed airpark community developer Mike Ciochetti, when asked what best described the kind of people who live in the exclusive Heaven’s Landing located just outside Clayton, Ga., surrounded by the Chattahoochee National Forest.

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