AVSC 1010 Lecture 12

AVSC 1010 Lecture 12 - Lecture 12 General Aviation General...

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Lecture 12 General Aviation General aviation is literally the field of aviation that is by and for the general public. It includes several major fields which you should be able to recognize: • Personal aviation • Corporate aviation • Non-military government aviation • Agricultural aviation • Medical evacuation • Various other sub-fields The general aviation industry in the United States is an important backbone of the Nation's national transportation system. Major, national, and regional airlines serve only several hundred airports in the United States, while there are thousands of smaller airports throughout communities in the Nation without airline air service which depend on general aviation. Beyond the joy and excitement of flying your own aircraft, general aviation provides opportunities for careers in a number of fields. Personal aviation and sport flying include the majority of pilots in the United States. Most of these pilots either own, have a share in, or rent aircraft for personal use on small trips or for 'weekend flying.' Light aircraft, such as the Cessna 172, Piper Warrior, and Katana are aircraft primarily used for training. They utilize durable airframes with proven engine technology. They emphasize low cost operation instead of speed and performance. Pilots who want more performance typically buy models with larger engines. What are some of the reasons why people obtain and use a Private or Recreation Pilot Certificate? • Ability to travel where and when they want to for often lower costs than airline tickets. • The excitement and joy of flying. • Access to second homes or homes located far from 'significant civilization'. • Commuting. • Flight training to obtain a further advanced rating on their way to a career in the military or commercial career. • Membership in flight clubs or sport flying organizations. The number of private pilots in the United States has dropped in the last 20 years. Here are the number of U. S. Private Pilot Certificates held from 1979-1996 (Source, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association). Category 1979 1985 1990 1996 Private 343,276 311,086 299,111 254,002 Why is there a drop in the numbers of private pilots? Consider these reasons: • Public perception that flying light aircraft is dangerous (though statistically it is 100 times safer than driving a car). • Higher costs of aircraft, fuel, and flight training.
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• Many individuals now purchase boats and personal watercraft rather than ownership of aircraft with their disposable income. • Continually growing regulations from the Federal Aviation Administration and the complexity of the air transport system. • Lack of new airplanes and new technology in the aircraft sales market.
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