LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Re: Charles Spence’s Capital Comments, “Is there a better name than general aviation?“: I absolutely agree. General aviation does not cut it. The word general is equal in context to “average” — and nothing wants to be considered average.
I would look to boating as a comparison. There is no such thing as general boating. There is military, commercial (shipping, cruising and fishing) and recreational.
Applying the same logic, I see three forms of aviation — military, commercial (or business) and recreational. Military aviation is self explanatory. Airlines is a major subset of commercial/business. While commercial may be the more appropriate (and a more “general”) adjective, I think the term business aviation will have greater acceptance for any type of aviation existing for the purpose of making a profit. Some may think recreational aviation should be called “sport aviation,” but I think that is more appropriate as sexier hype for EAA.
There already exist business aviation professional organizations which are inclusive of manufacturers, operators, and by extension, FBOs. Everything that is non “business” could, by default, be recreational.
The only thing left to do is rename your publication and get on with the clarification!
DAVID LAWRENCE, via e-mail