WASHINGTON, D.C. — Shipments of general aviation aircraft dropped 3.5% worldwide in the third quarter of this year, according to the latest figures from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).
In the first nine months of the year, 1,504 airplanes were shipped, compared to 1,558 in 2015.
Rotorcraft shipments declined 16% to 615 compared to 732 in the same period last year.
Combined airplane and rotorcraft billings were $15.9 billion year-to-date in 2016 compared to last year’s $19.1 billion, a drop of 16.5%. [Read more…]
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has opened registration for the fifth annual GAMA/Build A Plane Aviation Design Challenge, a competition to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) skills among U.S. high school students using aviation.
The first 100 high schools that enter the competition will receive complimentary “Fly to Learn” curriculum and software powered by X-Plane that teach aerodynamic and aviation engineering principles. [Read more…]
Figures released by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) show that worldwide aircraft shipment and billing figures are down for the first half of 2016.
Airplane shipments declined 4.5% to 970, while billings fell 11% from $10.4 billion to $9.3 billion.
Rotorcraft shipments also dropped 16.1%, from 467 during the same period a year ago to 392 in 2016. Billings for rotorcraft fell 32.5%, from $2.1 billion to $1.4 billion. [Read more…]
High school students Derrick Cleaves, Logan Feltz, Austin Krause, and Natasha Stemwedel, teacher Mike Hansen, and chaperone Jerry Graf — the winners of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association/Build A Plane 2016 Aviation Design Challenge — will spend the next two weeks building a Glasair Sportsman airplane at Glasair Aviation in Arlington, Washington, as their prize.
The team from Weyauwega-Fremont High School in Weyauwega, Wisconsin, won the all-expenses-paid trip to assemble the Sportsman as part of the fourth annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) competition. [Read more…]
By PETE BUNCE
What can general aviation learn from NASCAR? When it comes to adopting new safety technology, quite a bit.
Following the death of racing legend Dale Earnhardt in 2001, NASCAR took a serious look at the safety of the sport. The racing group took a broad approach to better protecting occupants in the event of an accident by properly restraining the driver, using energy-absorbing materials, and creating survivable volume inside the car. As a result, drivers now regularly walk away from crashes at very high speeds and conduct television interviews immediately afterward.
The general aviation industry has been doing its own research and paying attention to what the auto racing industry is doing. Unfortunately, the current regulatory structure governing the design of most general aviation airplanes doesn’t easily allow similar innovative, safety-enhancing products and technologies to come to market.
That may be about to change, however. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Congress has passed an omnibus measure that includes key funding for general aviation manufacturers in safety, certification, and alternative fuels for piston-engine aircraft.
It also makes permanent the Research & Development (R&D) tax credit, and extends bonus depreciation for five years. [Read more…]