General Aviation is a very important sector of the aviation industry, dwarfing the commercial sector in terms of the number and variety of aircraft involved. This lecture will review factors that influence (positively and negatively) the health of this sector. It will focus on enduring light aircraft roles and discuss representative designs from the start of private flight to the present day, including some comparisons of the performance of modern and older aircraft. The lecture will conclude with a look at future trends and challenges for the private aircraft sector.
Ron Smith is an aeronautical engineer, aviation photographer and author and has been an active private pilot and aircraft owner, having owned five private aircraft and held a PPL for more than 35 years. He was Head of Future Projects at Westland Helicopters in the 1980s and worked for BAe / BAE Systems for 23 years. He is a past Chairman of the RAeS Rotorcraft Group and a current member of the Historical Group Committee. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Member of the Institute of Physics, the American Helicopter Society, the Vintage Aircraft Club and the Light Aircraft Association.
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