A STUDY OF ATTRITION IN THE DOMESTIC GENERAL AVIATION FLEET

About 85% of the aircraft (a/c) added to the domestic fleet since 1947 are still registered. About 2% of the fleet is de-registered every year, but this average attrition rate is declining. Annual attrition, about 0.2% among new a/c, rises to 2.5% among a/c 15 to 20 years old and declines to 1% for older a/c, 30% of which are gone. Exports and imports of used a/c, accidents, irregularities and theft are negligible. About 10% of the registered fleet is inactive. Usage of single-engine a/c shifts from instructional and rental to business and personal as the a/c ages; multi-engine use is largely executive, business and air taxi. 70% of the active a/c are based at 10% of the nation's 13,000 airports. About 7% of the fleet is in operation if conditions are generally flyable. Attrition is largely a function of age; year-specific, type-specific and year-of-manufacture-specific rate differences are minor. A projection methodology employing a constructed, Standard Attrition Rate, is developed and its use described. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Optimum Computer Systems Incorporated

    1133 15th Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20005
  • Authors:
    • Rocks, J K
  • Publication Date: 1976-4

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  • Pagination: 85 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00133130
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FAA-AVP-75-14
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FA74WAI-496
  • Files: NTIS
  • Created Date: Jun 23 2002 12:00AM