General aviation as a whole was a stain on an otherwise excellent year for aviation safety in Europe, according to 2010 accident figures released by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
Just when the business aviation industry appears to be weathering the economic storm comes another series of blows.
General aviation as a whole was a stain on an otherwise excellent year for aviation safety in Europe, according to 2010 accident figures released today by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). For all GA operations including both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters weighing more than 2,250 kg (4,960 pounds) involved in private, business and aerial work activity, the total number of accidents increased from 19 in 2009 to 31 last year.
Now that Caiga has finalized its purchase of Cirrus Aircraft, it is more than abundantly clear that Chinese companies (most owned by the government) are making huge investments in general aviation (GA) infrastructure. But the Chinese government is making a gigantic mistake that will make it difficult for these investments ever to pay off.
The Asian market is waking up to the fact that companies using business aircraft earn more than those that don’t (141 percent more, according to an NBAA analysis). However, there are many obstacles remain to developing the private aviation sector in that part of the world.
On the surface at least, NBAA’s International Operators Conference (IOC) is always about technique: customs tips to import an aircraft for the most international flexibility, where a satcom system should fit into an aircraft’s equipment list or a remodeling update on that FBO in Tanzania.
The General Aviation Airport Coalition (GAAC) was officially formed late last week to “preserve and promote,” on a national level, GA airports in the U.S. It consists initially of 24 founding members–all GA airport operators–from across the continental U.S. that began meeting late last year to discuss GA airport issues.
Successful partnerships with UK government departments and national and European regulators are the fruits of several years’ investment in discussion and representation by Britain’s general aviation community, according to industry leaders. “There is an awful lot to be proud of,” said British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) chief executive Guy Lachlan, following the lobby group’s annual conference last month.
Using the highly successful Commercial Aviation Safety Team as a template, the FAA announced yesterday that it will kick off a country-wide series of 98 safety standdowns on April 2 at the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-in and Expo in Lakeland, Fla., to reduce the general aviation fatal accident rate by 10 percent over a 10-year period. Over the next five years, the agency will use a non-regulatory, proactive strategy by focusing on education and outreach.