general aviation


Definition of general aviation

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

Examples of general aviation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Mobile Airport Authority employs approximately 96 people among its properties that include Mobile Regional Airport, the Downtown Mobile Airport, and the St. Elmo Airport – a general aviation airfield in Grand Bay. al, "No layoffs, no furloughs: Alabama airports hold on despite aviation industry COVID struggles," 8 Dec. 2020 An unidentified, single-engine Cessna 172, crashed on approach to a runway to Whiteman Airport, a private general aviation airport in Los Angeles County, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. NBC News, "1 dead in small plane crash on street near homes in Los Angeles," 12 Nov. 2020 Meanwhile, Bowman Field came into existence in 1919 and is one of the longest continuously operating general aviation airports in the United States. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville airports rake in billions in economic impact for region, new survey finds," 23 Oct. 2020 These security measures don't exist at the majority of the secondary airports, which host much of the nation's 200,000 general aviation aircraft — more than half of the world's private planes. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Rogue pilots trafficked a billion dollars in cartel drugs across US while no one watched," 2 Oct. 2020 However, at the time the rule was adopted, no training program existed for experimental or general aviation aircraft, so McCurdy founded Formation Flying Inc. in 1999 and developed the training regimen now in use. Dale Ellis, Arkansas Online, "Pilots flock to Grider Field to sharpen formation flying," 10 Oct. 2020 And pilots and the general aviation community have a strong lobby, including the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, or AOPA, the world’s largest aviation organization with 330,000 members. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Rogue pilots trafficked a billion dollars in cartel drugs across US while no one watched," 2 Oct. 2020 The general aviation airport is very popular, said Brenda Nyberg, grant administrator for Carlton County Economic Development Department. Kristen Leigh Painter, Star Tribune, "Cloquet Carlton County Airport gets $1.2 million grant to expand pilot training facilities," 18 Sep. 2020 In April, the administration announced $10 billion in funding for commercial and general aviation airports as part of the CARES Act, as travel significantly slowed down due to restrictions brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Phil Davis,, "Maryland airports awarded $15.9M in federal grants," 1 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of general aviation

1952, in the meaning defined above

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19 Dec 2020

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“General aviation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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