General aviation covers aviation industry other than commercial and military airlines. General aviation & aerospace deals with operations and manufacturing of aircrafts used for the purpose of personal, business, flight training and on-demand passenger and cargo transportation. The general aviation industry comprises small, amateur-built as well as large business jets and they can be classified into fixed-wing piston and turboprop airplanes, jet-powered airplanes, helicopters, gliders and hot-air balloons. General aviation industry’s operations are diversified across general activities such as sight-seeing flights to specialised activities concerning the healthcare, forestry, agriculture and other industries.
Geographically, US is the major market for general aviation followed by Europe. In addition, general aviation market is also picking up in China and India; however, regulatory restrictions and inadequate infrastructure are major impediments for the geographic expansion of the industry.
The major challenges faced by general aviation industry are conforming to environmental regulations across different countries, unavailability of qualified resources, safety, and certification efficiency. The aerospace industry is working towards improving aerodynamic and engine efficiencies to address environment related challenges.
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