Strong business jet backlogs carried the general aviation industry to another record year of billings in 2008, but the volatile market was still felt as the number of GA aircraft delivered fell for the first time in five years, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association reported last week. GAMA Chairman Mark Van Tine, who is president and CEO of Jeppesen, called the deteriorating economy “a giant thunderstorm that has altered our flight path.” Despite signs of a softening piston ...


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