from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The operation of civilian aircraft for purposes other than commercial passenger transport, including personal, business, and instructional flying.
- n. The aircraft flown for these purposes.
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- n. the section of the aviation industry that excludes both military and commercial passenger transport; for example sightseeing, pleasure flights, etc.
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Outside the United States there were prominent manufacturers of general aviation aircraft in such countries as Canada (de Havilland), France (Aerospatiale), Britain (British Aerospace), Germany (Dornier, VFW-Fokker), and Spain (CASA).
The import tariff ranged from 50% for Piper-type general aviation aircraft to 0% for aircraft not manufactured in Brazil.
Apparently its strategy was to create delays in the Bandeirante’s certification and to urge the American government to impose an import duty on Brazilian aircraft unless the Brazilians eliminated the 40% import duty and the nontariff barriers that kept American general aviation aircraft out of Brazil.
The other U.S. firms typically concentrated on one or two general aviation lines: for example, Gates manufactured mainly business jets, and Sweringen a subsidiary of Fairchild Industries concentrated on turboprops.
It's parked at the general aviation terminal at Oakland Airport.