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Encyclopedia > General aviation
A general aviation scene at Kemble Airfield, England. The aircraft in the foreground is a homebuilt Vans RV-4
A general aviation scene at Kemble Airfield, England. The aircraft in the foreground is a homebuilt Vans RV-4

General aviation (abbr. GA) is one of two categories of civil aviation. Vans RV4 light aircraft (G-PIPS). ... Vans RV4 light aircraft (G-PIPS). ... Kemble Airport (IATA: N/A, ICAO: EGBP), is a general aviation airport, near the village of Kemble in Gloucestershire, England. ... A Rutan Long-EZ homebuilt in 1984 in England Also known as amateur-built aircraft or kit planes, homebuilt aircraft are constructed by persons for whom this is not a professional activity. ... The Vans RV series is a small homebuilt aircraft supplied in kit form. ... Civil airliner - Air India Boeing 747-400 Civil aviation is one of two major categories of flying, representing all non-Military aviation, both private and commercial. ...


General aviation refers to all flights other than military and scheduled airline flights, both private and commercial. General aviation flights range from gliders and powered parachutes to large, non-scheduled cargo jet flights. As a result, the majority of the world's air traffic falls into this category, and most of the world's airports serve general aviation exclusively. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into airline. ... Private Aviation Private aviation encompasses everything from large corporate jets all the way down to the individual who owns and operates their own small aircraft, such as a Cessna or Cirrus SR-22. ... Passengers carried by civil aviation in 2003 Commercial aviation is the part of civil aviation (both general aviation and scheduled airline service) that involves operating aircraft for hire. ... For other uses, see Glider (disambiguation). ... A powered parachute with its wing stowed. ... Jet aircraft are aircrafts with jet engines. ...


In the United States, there are 5,288 community airports, almost all of which exclusively serve general aviation aircraft. According to the U.S. Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, general aviation provides more than one percent of the United States' GDP, accounting for 1.3 million jobs in professional services and manufacturing[1]. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is a not-for-profit organization whose membership consists mainly of general aviation pilots in the United States. ... Manufacturing (from Latin manu factura, making by hand) is the use of tools and labor to make things for use or sale. ...

Main article: List of general aviation activities

General aviation covers a huge range of activities, both commercial and non-commercial, including private flying, flight training, air ambulance, police aircraft, aerial firefighting, air charter, bush flying, gliding and many others. The following are some of the activities that normally fall within the scope of general aviation, which encompasses all civil aviation other than scheduled air service: Aerial burial aerial photography aerobatics air racing Angel flights air ambulance air charter, including air taxi operations Air shows airship Ballooning bush flying many... Flight training is a course of study used when learning to pilot an aircraft. ... Ontario Health air ambulance An air ambulance is an aircraft used for emergency medical assistance in situations where either a traditional ambulance cannot easily or quickly reach the scene or the patient needs to be repositioned at a distance where air transportation is most practical. ... MBB/Kawasaki BK 117 B2 (North Rhine-Westphalia), Germany. ... Bombardier CL-415 waterbomber of the Province of Québec Aerial firefighting is a method to combat wildfires using aircraft. ... The term Air Charter is a catch all phrase that refers to the renting of an entire aircraft vs. ... Bush flying is a term for air operations carried out in remote, inhospitable regions of the world. ... A modern glider crossing the finish line of a competition at high speed. ...


Regulation and safety

The General Aviation Terminal at Raleigh Durham International Airport. Terminal A is in the background.
The General Aviation Terminal at Raleigh Durham International Airport. Terminal A is in the background.

Most countries have authorities that oversee all civil aviation, including general aviation, adhering to the standardized codes of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Examples include the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in Great Britain, the Luftfahrt-Bundesamt (LBA) in Germany, Transport Canada in Canada, Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in India and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States. Since it includes both non-scheduled commercial operations and private operations, with aircraft of many different types and sizes, and pilots with a variety of different training and experience levels, it is not possible to make blanket statements about the regulation or safety record of general aviation. At one extreme, in most countries business jets and large cargo jets face most of the same regulations as scheduled air transport and fly mostly to the same airports. Commercial bush flying and air ambulance operations normally do not operate under as heavy a regulatory burden, and often only use small airports or off-airport strips, where there is less governmental oversight. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Raleigh-Durham International Airport (IATA: RDU, ICAO: KRDU, FAA LID: RDU) is located nine miles (14. ... Civil airliner - Air India Boeing 747-400 Civil aviation is one of two major categories of flying, representing all non-Military aviation, both private and commercial. ... The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), an agency of the United Nations, codifies the principles and techniques of international air navigation and fosters the planning and development of international air transport to ensure safe and orderly growth. ... The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is the name for the national body governing civil aviation in a number of countries. ... Luftfahrt-Bundesamt (LBA) is a German government agency, under the control of the Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Housing. ... Transport Canada is the department within the government of Canada which is responsible for developing regulations, policies and services of transportation in Canada. ... “FAA” redirects here. ... During the 1920s, the first laws were passed in the USA to regulate civil aviation. ... Business jet (slang, Bizjet) is a term for a jet aircraft, usually of modest size, designed for transporting small groups of business people for commercial reasons at a time convenient to their business needs. ... FedEx DC-10 Cargo airlines (or airfreight carriers, and derivatives of these names) are airlines dedicated to the transport of cargo. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into airline. ... Bush flying is a term for air operations carried out in remote, inhospitable regions of the world. ... Ontario Health air ambulance An air ambulance is an aircraft used for emergency medical assistance in situations where either a traditional ambulance cannot easily or quickly reach the scene or the patient needs to be repositioned at a distance where air transportation is most practical. ...


Aviation accident rate statistics are necessarily estimates. According to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, in 2005 general aviation in the United States (excluding charter) suffered 1.31 fatal accidents for every 100,000 hours of flying in that country, compared to 0.016 for scheduled airline flights[2]. In Canada, recreational flying accounted for 0.7 fatal accidents for every 100,000 hours, while air taxi accounted for 1.0 fatal accident for every 100,000 hours[3]. Transportation safety has steadily improved in the United States for many decades. ... The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent organization responsible for investigation of accidents involving aviation, highway, marine, pipelines and railroads in the United States. ...


References

  1. ^ AOPA USA's General Aviation website.
  2. ^ NTSB accident rates by flying category.
  3. ^ Transport Canada accident rates by flying category.

External links

  • International Aircraft Owners and Pilots Associations

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