In a year-end report, the Aerospace Industries Association said it expects positive growth for general aviation, led by business jet sales. "While the last few years have been a challenging time for general aviation, including a major bankruptcy [Hawker Beechcraft] in this sector," the report said, "the market is still much larger than it was a decade ago, and there are few doubts that growth will resume as the world economy recovers."
According to Charles Spence, general aviation will find itself in confusing times in Washington. Airspace, funding questions and another major financial issue will be on the table in 2013, but better cooperation between GA associations and groups can also be expected.
According to a report by the Division of Aviation of the N.C. Department of Transportation, Mount Airy-Surry County Airport is the state's top general aviation airport in terms of economic impact. The airport contributes $223.03 million annually to the local economy, a figure including direct, indirect and induced revenues.
Alaska Dispatch offers a roundup of the hottest trends from 2012 in general aviation and bush piloting. Fuel efficient engines, how cockpit cameras have influenced both pilot training and entertainment and ADS-B technology have made the list.
Kansas City settled the lawsuit filed by Executive Beechcraft Inc., avoiding what could have been an expensive trial. The suit revolved around the question of whether the city failed to disclose plans for a competing operation at Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport.