A special request from our friends at the General Aviation Manufacturers Association has us featuring Jeppesen CEO Mark Van Tine as the subject of Picture of the Day as he retires today, May 19, after 35 years with the company. [Read more…]
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and Build A Plane report that Weyauwega-Fremont High School in Weyauwega, Wisconsin, is the winner of the fourth GAMA/Build A Plane Aviation Design Challenge.
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…]
A new Harris Poll survey commissioned by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has confirmed that business aviation is utilized mainly by small and medium-size companies that typically fly turboprops or small jets to maximize employee efficiency and productivity while providing travel schedule flexibility.
The poll, released at last week’s NBAA Convention in Las Vegas, also confirmed that a broad mix of employees – not primarily top executives – fly on business aircraft, which usually travel to community airports that usually have little or no scheduled airline service. [Read more…]
NEW CASTLE, Delaware — Delaware Governor Jack Markell, U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and U.S. Representative John Carney joined officials with the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and hundreds of general aviation enthusiasts in celebrating general aviation’s significant jobs and economic record in Delaware at a jobs rally Nov. 20.
Leaders from Dassault Falcon Jet, FlightSafety International, Summit Aviation, and Aloft AeroArchitects (formerly PATS Aircraft Systems) also made remarks. The event, held at Dassault Falcon Jet in New Castle, is GAMA’s 14th jobs rally in the United States. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The executive committee of the board of directors of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has approved seven companies — Celestica, Elliott Aviation, Gogo, Luxaviation Group, Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics, TRU Simulation + Training, and Yingling Aviation — as the association’s newest members.
GAMA now has 91 members. The seven new members represent the largest number of companies to join the association at one time in GAMA’s 45-year history, GAMA officials note.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) praised the efforts of members of the U.S. House of Representatives who signed a discharge petition last week that will force a vote on renewing the Export-Import Bank’s authorization, which expired on June 30.
Forty-two Republicans joined 176 Democrats in backing the petition. [Read more…]