Aircraft Maintenance Technology

OCT 2018

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14 OCTOBER 2018 AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS AVIATION Gear Up for Larger Business Jets Is your airport's infrastructure equipped to serve the continued introduction of larger wingspan aircra in today's business aviation fleet? By Curt Castagna In the U.S., general aviation aircraft fly over 24.8 million hours, of which two-thirds are for business purposes. In addition, the industry generates $219 billion in total economic output, supports 1.1 million total jobs and contributes $109 billion to the nation’s GDP. These statistics, provided by the General Aviation Aircraft Manufacturer’s Association (GAMA), demonstrate the important role that airports play in providing a place for business aircraft to serve critical transportation needs and promote economic opportunity. As aircraft manufacturers invest millions of dollars and create thousands of jobs in local communities, their activities have a ripple effect throughout the U.S. economy. In fact, $23.9 billion in new aircraft were delivered in 2017, representing a 1.3 percent increase in business jet deliveries over the previous year. A major driver of this growth was the introduction of several new aircraft models into service. As the general aviation aircraft fleet continues to expand worldwide, buyers of private jets who want to fly long distances are welcoming new, larger models. For example, the Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) is approximately 65 percent taller than luxury jets such as the Global Express or Gulfstream V. With a tail height exceed- GULFSTREAM G650 spans approximately 100 feet wide, 100 feet long, and more than 25 feet high. GULFSTREAM

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