general aviation

noun

Definition of general aviation

: the operation of civilian aircraft not under the control of a common carrier also : such aircraft collectively

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Bush airplanes are the SUVs of general aviation—small, piston-engined aircraft designed or adapted to carry a passenger or two, or to ferry light cargo in and out of remote areas with crude or non-existent runways. Eric Tegler, Ars Technica, "One man designed and built the ultimate bush plane," 11 Aug. 2018 The airport also houses an entire ramp for general aviation, a museum center, a library, and a shopping plaza. Chris Clarke, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Amsterdam's Airport Grow Up From Nothing Right Before Your Eyes," 16 Sep. 2016 The authority, created in 2011, was intended to develop and improve Bradley and the state’s five general aviation airports: Danielson, Groton-New London, Hartford-Brainard, Waterbury-Oxford and Windham. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "Tony Sheridan To Lead Connecticut Airport Authority As Chairman," 2 July 2018 Once one of 17 general aviation airports, Anderson said Griffith/Merrillville still remains busy, logging between 60,000 and 65,000 flights per year. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Airport asks Griffith to become partner in operations," 16 May 2018 And the overall crash rate is twice as high for balloons — 15 crashes per 100,000 flight hours, compared with seven crashes per 100,000 flight hours for other types of general aviation aircraft. John Tedesco, San Antonio Express-News, "Federal lawmakers approve measure to mandate medical exams for hot-air balloon pilots," 26 Apr. 2018 Companies use the airport for corporate general aviation and global logistics services, aviation manufacturing, maintenance, training and workforce development. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "Will a longer runway at this Fort Worth airport help land more jobs? | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 22 Apr. 2018 But 12 miles north in Snohomish County, away from the congestion on Interstate 5, a former military airfield called Paine Field was being used by Boeing for test flights and general aviation. Christine Negroni, New York Times, "Stewart Airport Adopts a New Identity: New York Area’s Budget Flight Hub," 17 Apr. 2018 In addition to commercial traffic, the airport was prepared to receive 500 — more than four times the usual number — of general aviation (both corporate and private non-commercial) aircraft, including those carrying each of the four teams. Lynn Brezosky, San Antonio Express-News, "From airport food vendors to Airbnb, Final Four means big bucks for San Antonio," 30 Mar. 2018

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1952, in the meaning defined above

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