Piston- and turboprop-powered general aviation (GA) aircraft manufacturers are poised to turn out more than 22,000 aircraft worth $25 billion over the next 10 years. This total excludes production of the new category of Light Sport Aircraft (LSA). But a major hurdle looms: The current global economic weakness is likely to last well beyond 2009. Anemic growth will continue to hurt demand for GA aircraft in North America and Europe , historically the primary markets. In contrast, stronger ...

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