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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Airplane shipments increase

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Airplane shipments increased 5.9% in the first six months of 2012 compared to 2011,  while the accompanying value of the airplane deliveries rose 13.2%, according to figures released today by  the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).

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Avgas focus of Wichita Aero Club talk

The Wednesday, Aug. 8, Wichita Aero Club Luncheon will feature a general aviation industry expert on aviation fuel and the ongoing — and increasingly urgent — need to find a viable replacement for 100LL.

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Air Tractor joins GAMA

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — The board of directors of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has approved Air Tractor as its newest member. GAMA’s membership currently stands at 77 manufacturers.

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Want to lure new pilots? Slash the price of airplanes

The cost of building and developing new aircraft must be slashed if general aviation is to attract new pilots, sustain the existing population of owners and flyers and drive up safety, said the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) at AERO 2012 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. In a report at, GAMA’s Greg Bowles is quoted as saying that while there is unfulfilled demand for new aircraft, “Owners are unwilling or unable to buy many of the latest models because they are so expensive. A four-seat entry level piston single like a Cessna 172 cost around $8,750 in 1956. By 2000 the price for a typical four-seat piston single like a Diamond Star had risen to nearly $190,000. This rise far outstrips the cost of inflation over that period.” The culprit: Onerous regulation. Read the full post here.

Groups partner to create IFR Proficiency Center at Oshkosh

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is teaming up with the IMC Club to host three instrument flying proficiency seminars at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, held July 23-29.

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195 members of House tell president: No $100 fee

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The president’s 2013 budget plan to charge $100 per flight to aircraft using controlled airspace was never expected to be adopted and it got another major setback when 195 bipartisan members of the House of Representatives sent Obama a letter opposing the fee.

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General aviation shipments, billings flat in 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The general aviation aircraft market worldwide was mixed in 2011 with a slight decline of shipments, but an increase is billings. The expected resurgence did not take place. Manufacturers shipped 1,865 planes, a decline of 3.5% from 2010, while billings increased 0.4% to $19.1 billion.

Not included in the data released Feb. 22 by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) are figures from Hawker Beechcraft’s fourth-quarter, which will be released about March 31. These figures will change the year’s total, but not to any great extent.

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