The Helicopter Association International held its first General Aviation Association CEO Forum at Heli-Expo yesterday, bringing together leaders of four major general aviation (GA) organizations in addition to HAI.
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
There are varying perspectives on whether general aviation (GA) is declining or poised for a renaissance generated by new interest in light sport aircraft (LSA) and avionics technology. When attending the annual EAA AirVenture extravaganza in Oshkosh, Wis., for example, it is always interesting to see the contrast between those who complain about the cost of flying and those who embrace every new development.
General aviation is an extraordinary industry with a terrible appellation. How is it that the industry spawned by the heroic efforts of the Wright brothers, the industry that gave birth to the jewel of the U.S.'s industrial might–the aerospace industry–and the industry that includes the magic of teaching anyone interested how to fly, goes by the generic-sounding term "general aviation?"
An article in The Atlantic magazine alleging that general aviation security is lax to nonexistent prompted an outcry from GA organizations last month.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Summit kicked off today at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif. The summit’s opening keynote session summarized results of a study conducted by Apco Insight not on why 75 to 80 percent of new student pilots quit flying without earning a pilot certificate but on how to help motivate students by aligning the training experience with their expectations.
Walter J. Gengarelly Jr. (Jan. 29, 1935 - Sept. 24, 2010)
It is always tough to lose one of your own, and all of us here at AIN are saddened with the passing of our good friend Walter Gengarelly, who died Sept. 24, 2010, after undergoing heart surgery a few weeks earlier.
AOPA president Craig Fuller is wondering if Chicago’s Meigs Field could be reopened, now that mayor Richard Daley has announced he won’t seek re-election. On March 30, 2003, Daley closed the airport by sending bulldozers to rip up the runway in the middle of the night.
NBAA and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) announced that two Light Business Aviation (LBA) Conferences will be held this year–one at each group's annual convention. The two groups had planned similar LBA conferences in 2008, but those plans were scuttled when the economy deteriorated later in the year.
NBAA and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) last week at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., announced that two Light Business Aviation (LBA) Conferences will be held this year–one at each group’s annual convention. The two groups had planned similar LBA conferences in 2008, but those plans were scuttled when the economy deteriorated later in the year.
Aviation–and in particular general aviation–dodged a financial bullet early last month when the Obama Administration released a Fiscal Year 2011 budget request that contained no new user fees for aviation.