WASHINGTON, D.C. — General aviation will grow over the next 20 years, but at a rate of only 1/2 of 1% a year, according to the FAA.
The agency also forecasts the total number of aircraft used in general aviation to increase from 220,670 in 2012 to 246,375 in 2033, an increase of only 25,705, less than 1,300 per year.
Fixed-wing piston-powered aircraft are expected to decrease annually at the rate of about 0.3% per year. Growth will be in turbine-powered fixed-wing airplanes and rotorcraft, with rotorcraft growing 2.7% and fixed-wing turbines increasing 2.8% annually.
Hours flown are expected to increase, with an annual growth rate of 1.5% a year, with turbines climbing 3.5% annually, FAA officials predict. Piston-powered fixed-wing aircraft are expected to show a drop in annual hours flown of 0.5% per year.
For more information: FAA.gov