Students start building plane

Four students, a teacher, and two advisors from Sunrise Mountain High School in Las Vegas, Nevada —which won the second General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)/Build A Plane Aviation Design Challenge — began building a Glasair Sportsman airplane June 16 at Glasair Aviation in Arlington, Washington.

The team, which was announced as the winner of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) competition last month, will assemble the aircraft over the next two weeks.

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GAMA scholarship winners named

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has revealed the winners of two scholarships awarded annually to students who have demonstrated excellence in pursuing aviation studies. Each scholarship is worth $2,000.

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Las Vegas high school wins Build A Plane competition

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and Build A Plane announced today that the Formula X team from Sunrise Mountain High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, is the winner of the second Aviation Design Challenge to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills among U.S. high school students.

Four students, a teacher, and a chaperone from the high school will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Glasair Aviation in Arlington, Washington, to build a real Glasair Sportsman airplane from June 16-28.

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Airplane shipments and billings up in first quarter of year

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The latest figures from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) show that in the first quarter of 2014, total worldwide general aviation airplane shipments increased 11.9%, from 447 in 2013 to 500 in 2014. Billings for GA airplanes totaled $5.1 billion in the first quarter, up 9% from the same period last year.

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GAMA opens Middle East/North Africa office in Dubai

During the Global Aerospace Summit, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced the opening of a representative office for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The new office will be co-located with the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) in Dubai, UAE.

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GA deliveries up 4.3%, billings jump 24%

WASHINGTON, D.C. — New figures released by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) show that total worldwide general aviation airplane shipments rose 4.3%, from 2,164 in 2012 to 2,256 in 2013.

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GAMA and Build A Plane launch second design challenge

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and Build A Plane, a non-profit organization to encourage aviation and aerospace education, are partnering for a second year to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in high schools across the United States through an aviation design competition. The team from the winning high school will receive an all-expenses-paid, two-week trip for four students, one teacher and one chaperone to help build a Glasair Sportsman (pictured) through Glasair Aviation’s Two Weeks to Taxi program at its facilities in Arlington, Wash., in June 2014.

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Video chronicles Build A Plane contest

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association just released a 5-minute video on its Build A Plane STEM competition this summer — eight high school students building two airplanes in two weeks. It follows the competition from the announcement of the winners to first flight and beyond..

 

Government shutdown stops aircraft sales

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA’s decision on Oct. 7 to recall approximately 800 furloughed employees will not affect the FAA Aircraft Registry office. The office remains closed under the U.S. federal government shutdown, which means virtually all aircraft sales have been stopped.

The 800 FAA employees are being recalled to focus on Airworthiness Directives to ensure safety of aircraft in the fleet as well as safety oversight activities, including air carriers, repair stations and production facilities, according to officials.

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Deliveries, billings up for GA in first quarter

WASHINGTON, DC — General aviation airplane shipments increased 9.6% in the first quarter of this year, according to figures just released by the The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).

Shipments increased from 418 in 2012 to 458 this year. Billings for GA airplanes totaled $4.6 billion in the first three months, up 32% from the same period last year.

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