NEW MODELS FOR NEW MARKETS. U.S. GENERAL AVIATION AT A TURNING POINT

This article describes new trends and developments in the U.S. general aviation market. The intent of the major manufacturers is to offer an even greater choice of models in order to satisfy the demands of a maximum number of operators. It is noted, however, that 1978 models show particular development in three sectors: Light bottom-of-the-range twins, twin turboprops, and long-range jets. A recent study on prospects for U.S. general aviation through 1982, shows that twin turboprop utilization will increase significantly. It is also noted that the essential aims of business jet manufacturers will be to develop aircraft that are truly intercontinental or transoceanic in range, powered by fuel-efficient engines and incorporating aerodynamic refinements such as winglets, supercritical wing profiles or area-ruled fuselages. The leasing models for 1978 from the following U.S. manufacturers are described: Beech Aircraft Corporation, Cessna, Gates Learjet, Piper and Rockwell International.

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 103-107
  • Serial:
    • Interavia
    • Volume: 33
    • Publisher: Jane's Information Group
    • ISSN: 0020-5168

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00173836
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Interavia
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 29 1978 12:00AM