general aviation

noun

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 900-acre Oroville Municipal Airport has two runways and serves general aviation and business traffic as well as experimental aircraft, according to its website. Susan Scutti, CNN, "10 people walk away uninjured from a small plane crash in Oroville, California," 22 Aug. 2019 During his last visit, July 19-21, the U.S. Air Force intercepted a small general aviation aircraft for entering a temporary no-fly zone during Trump’s stay. Fox News, "Two planes intercepted over President Trump's NJ golf club for entering no-fly zone," 3 Aug. 2019 Some fly general aviation aircraft — either small planes or, in some instances, helicopters. Washington Post, "NTSB: Recent crashes involving tour aircraft underscore need for FAA to tighten safety regulations," 4 June 2019 Dorothy Cochrane, curator for general aviation at the National Air and Space Museum, believes that Earhart crashed in the ocean near Howland Island, Earhart’s original destination, hundreds of miles to the northwest. Julie Cohn, BostonGlobe.com, "Finding Amelia Earhart’s plane seemed impossible. Then came a startling clue," 12 Aug. 2019 Dorothy Cochrane, curator for general aviation at the National Air and Space Museum, believes that Earhart crashed in the ocean near Howland Island, Earhart’s original destination, hundreds of miles to the northwest. New York Times, "Finding Amelia Earhart’s Plane Seemed Impossible. Then Came a Startling Clue.," 12 Aug. 2019 Under questioning by Mayor Diane Dixon, City Manager Grace Leung said Edwards’ overages have focused on general aviation and direct community requests for information that can tack 10 to 20 hours to his 25-hour base. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Split Newport Beach council OKs keeping aviation consultant after debate over qualifications," 24 July 2019 From a legacy perspective, the general aviation industry is 50 years old. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Colorado aviation company aims to usher in new era with electric planes," 20 June 2019 Months ago, the Tweed airport authority approached the Connecticut Airport Authority, which controls Bradley and the state’s five general aviation airports, about taking over management — or even acquiring — Tweed. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "Is Tweed New Haven Airport cleared to take a more prominent place next to Bradley in Connecticut’s air transportation network?," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of general aviation

1952, in the meaning defined above

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25 Oct 2019

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“General aviation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/general%20aviation. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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