Is the General Aviation Industry Finally on an Upswing?

Over the past three decades, there’s been a steady decline in the number of U.S. pilots. According to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), there were 827,000 active, certificated pilots in 1980. By 2011, that number had dropped to just 617,000. During that same 30-year period, production of single-engine planes dropped from 14,000 per year to fewer than 700.

But for the past three years, AOPA has made understanding this declining trend and reversing it a top priority. AOPA actions include developing a network of flying clubs, and speaking out in Washington to help keep the rising cost and complexity of aviation under control.

Thankfully, 2013 numbers are indicating a positive upswing, based on data from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association’s (GAMA) 2013 General Aviation Statistical Databook & 2014 Industry Outlook.

Here’s a look at what’s been causing the pilot and production decline, and good news from GAMA’s 2013/2014 aviation industry report.

What’s been causing the decline?

According to a Washington Post article posted February 9 titled, “Small aviation businesses say pilot shortage could drive industry into the ground,” there are a variety of factors that have contributed to the decline in pilots and production over the past decades, including rising fuel prices and heightened flying restrictions following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

One reason is that the recent economic downturn has left fewer people with discretionary income. Others place much of the blame on federal regulators, whom they accuse of making it too difficult for pilots to obtain and renew their licenses, which in turn hurts small aviation businesses and the aviation industry as a whole.

Many commercial pilots come from the GA pilot pool, and the global airline industry will need almost a half million new commercial airline pilots over the next 20 years, according to the Boeing Pilot and Technical Market Outlook for 2013-2032.

Good news from GAMA’s 2013/2014 industry report

Here are some positive numbers from GAMA’s annual statistical databook.

Airplane shipments and billings – In 2013, airplane shipments increased by 4.3 percent to 2,256 airplane deliveries, and billings increased 24 percent to $23.4 billion across all airplane types. This is the second-highest industry billing number ever recorded-the industry’s peak billings occurred in 2008 at $24.8 billion.

Business jets – After slowing the past four years, the business jet market stabilized in 2013. There were 678 business jets delivered in 2013, up from 672 in 2012. Several new models and increasing demand helped stabilize the market and increase deliveries.

North American market share rose to 52.4 percent from 49.7 percent in 2012. Europe’s market share declined, however, from 20.8 percent in 2012 to 15.6 percent in 2013. Customer deliveries included 11.9 percent to customers in the Asia-Pacific region, 11.1 percent to Latin America, and 9.0 percent to the Middle East and Africa.

Turboprops – Turbo-propeller plane shipments also grew in 2013, increasing to 645 shipments from 584 shipments in 2012, a 10.4 percent increase. Shipments of agricultural turboprops, which GAMA began tracking in 2011, remained strong. Traditional single- and twin-engine turboprop shipments provided year-over-year increases in unit deliveries. North American customers took 57.1 percent of turboprop airplane deliveries in 2013, up from 48.6 percent in 2012. The Asia Pacific region took the second-largest market share at 14 percent, followed by Latin American at 13.2 percent. European customers took delivery of 10.5 percent, and the Middle East and Africa accounted for 5.3 percent.

Turbine helicopters – The turbine helicopter segment provided positive delivery performance in 2013 based on analysis of equivalent companies from 2012. GAMA identified 782 turbine helicopter shipments in 2013, which is an increase of 9.2 percent compared to the prior year for the same reporting companies. In this year’s databook, GAMA has expanded the available historical data about helicopter shipments with select information from 1999 through 2013.

Piston airplane and helicopter deliveries – Feedback from airplane and helicopter manufacturers indicates that global demand from flight schools is contributing to year-over-year growth. Piston airplane deliveries totaled 933 shipments in 2013, up from 908 shipments in 2012, a 2.8 percent increase. North America ordered 52.8 percent of piston engine airplanes, Europe 17.2 percent, followed by the Asia-Pacific region at 15.1 percent, Latin America at 10 percent, and the Middle East and Africa at 5 percent of shipments. In 2013, the general aviation industry delivered 335 piston-powered helicopters, which was a slight increase from the 328 units delivered in 2012.

Turbine operators – According to JETNET, LLC, the fractional fleet of turbine operators fell to 869 aircraft in 2013, decreasing each year since 2008, the year it peaked at 1,094 aircraft. There were 4,365 fractional owners in 2013, which is also down compared to five years ago, when there were 5,179 owners. The worldwide turbine airplane fleet included 33,861 airplanes in 2013 and an additional 19,509 turbine helicopters.

Pilot population falling – The active U.S. pilot population continues to fall. The private pilot population has declined since the early 1980s, when it peaked at 357,479 pilots, and in recent years has lost between 5,000 and 10,000 active pilots each year. There were only 180,214 private pilots at the end of 2013, and a total of 599,086 total active pilots in the U.S. in 2013. One bright spot: 40,621, or 6.78 percent, were female-the highest ratio of female aviators on record.

Signs safety is improving – A welcome decrease: The FAA’s preliminary data about general aviation safety shows there were approximately 216 fatal accidents during the year, a double-digit decline in the number of fatal general aviation accidents during 2013. While data is preliminary, the FAA’s goal of reducing the GA fatal accident rate to one fatal accident per 100,000 hours flown may be possible to achieve by 2018.

GAMA also includes GA safety data developed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for 2006 through 2012. EASA statistics from 2012 also show a decline in the total number of accidents and the number of fatal accidents.

References:

http://www.aopa.org/Community-and-Events/Center-to-Advance-the-Pilot-Community

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/on-small-business/small-aviation-businesses-say-pilot-shortage-could-drive-industry-into-the-ground/2014/02/08/2422cadc-8f5c-11e3-b46a-5a3d0d2130da_story.html

Why Contractors Need General Liability Insurance

Regardless of if you are a general contractor or a sub-contractor, contractor’s general liability insurance is one type of insurance coverage that you can not afford to do business without. Not only will the majority of jobs require your company to provide proof of GLI (general liability insurance) before allowing it on their property, but neglecting to protect your assets with this wide-ranging kind of business insurance leaves you exposed to sometimes-catastrophic liabilities if mishaps or injuries occur during a job.

Things That Contractor’s GLI Covers

Contractor’s general liability insurance coverage includes a number of vital kinds of coverages, that collectively insure bystanders, customers, sub-contractors, and employees against these kinds of claims:

* Advertising Injury (i.e., libel and slander)
* Bodily Injury
* Personal Injury
* Property Damage
* Products and Completed Operations

In every case, the contractor’s general liability coverage covers legal and judgment expenses caused by claims being filed against the insured contractor. This generally includes all the other party’s hospital expenses, earnings lost, and all pain and suffering that could have been endured.

Whereas a few of the aforementioned kinds of claims (bodily injury, personal injury, and property damage specifically) are rather common on job sites, the necessity for others might be less evident for a contractor. For this reason, it may be beneficial to review each type of claim using an example of an occurrence that can result in this type of claim being filed against a contractor.

Examples of the Types of Claims Covered

Advertising Injury

Such a claim is protected by the vast majority of contractors’ general liability policies, but it’s probably one of the rarest to actually be filed. Advertising injury is defined as damage sustained as a result of another party’s use of slander or libel against the plaintiff. If you are a contractor, one example might be a sub-contractor submitting an insurance claim against a general contractor on the premise that his professional reputation and earning potential has been weakened by damaging reviews and publicity initiated by the general contractor.

Bodily or Personal Injury

A couple of the more-common claims made against contractors, bodily injury and personal injury claims occur anytime a third party (e.g. a customer or bystander) is inadvertently injured on a job site as the result of carelessness on the part of the contractor. Personal injury claims sometimes can include psychological and emotional injury that result from either negligent or deliberate acts by the defendant. One example is a bystander who is injured by a falling step ladder which was left unattended by the contractor within an area that gets significant foot traffic.

Damage To Property

The most-prevalent claim observed on job sites, property damage claims originate from damage or loss of property because of the insured party’s activities. Such actions might be either deliberate (whereby the injured party may additionally submit a personal injury claim for psychological and emotional injury) or accidental, and are occasionally filed due to damages or injuries that happen after the contractor has already completed the project. One common illustration of this would be a plumber who is sued because water pipes he installed begin leaking and causing damage to the walls and flooring near them.

Products and Completed Services

Products and completed services insurance is very critical to contractors, because it covers the claims that occur should a client believes that a job was not done appropriately. This might be by way of a foundation that eventually splits or a wall that collapses at some point after a job has been completed.

Which Kinds of Contractor’s Should Have GLI?

Contractor’s general liability insurance is vital for any type of contractor or subcontractor because, as you’re undoubtedly aware,our culture is one wherein some people utilize lawsuits, and the threat of lawsuits, as their principal means of settling disputes. Given that a contractor’s business requires him to pass long periods of time on other people’s premises, contractors and subcontractors are open to a tremendous array of liabilities that can transform into lawsuits at a moment’s notice. As a consequence, safeguarding your business and personal assets with a comprehensive general liability policy is not only smart – it’s a necessity if your company is to survive.

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It is necessary knowing why people use diet pills

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You get valuable information and tips through reviews

Diet pill general reviews will give you valuable information and useful tips on their nature, ingredients, affects, and uses. One of the main items in such review is to find out the marketing practices adopted by the provider company. If the claims are too far outstretched or if the testimonials are patently false, the provider cannot be relied upon. You can also find out whether the same “before and after” photographs are used for multiple products by them. Another thing to really avoid is auto-shipping. Such pills rarely contain the required ingredients.

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The bottom line

Finally, the diet pills general review will take up the ingredients. It will be the objective to find out the genuineness of such ingredients. Most of the time diet pills fail the test. It does not mean that there are no genuine diet pills. They can really give you the desired results. That is why review is important for you as it highlights the pros and cons of almost every leading diet pills in the market.

Recruit Confederate Generals for Your Network Marketing Business!

“I Have a Dream” – Dr. Martin Luther King

“I Had a Dream, I Had an Awesome Dream” – Lionel Richie

“I Had an Awesome Daydream about Confederate Network Marketing” – Nathan BF Gurley

The American Civil War Between the States had ended and the top Confederate Generals were available for introduction to my new network marketing company. With the encouragement of my sponsor I was able to muster up enough moxie to approach them individually via a three way phone call. The leaders of the army were extremely receptive to my new business model and could not wait to get started. As beloved leaders in the military, they had absolutely no problem recruiting thousands of prospects to join our business. After all, it was all for the cause. My visions of never ending circles drawn on a white board were finally coming to fruition.

Suddenly, my wife instructed me to mow the lawn. Daydream over. The true screech of the Rebel Yell escaped me forever yet all is not lost. A singing cowboy rode into town with $9 and a new solution to network marketing.

The days of recruiting prospects are over. The days of elevating ordinary folks to the rank of Confederate General in the 21st Century are upon us. Before that can happen, 4 problems need to be addressed.

Problem #1: People Hate to Sell.

Many people realize the power of network marketing. Back in the day we often saw the circles on boards and flip charts in hotel conference rooms; if we were lucky enough to get a morning slot we might be able to comp an all appetizing continental breakfast. Where I come from, if it don’t have bacon, eggs, and grits, it ain’t breakfast. Anyway, most people hate to sell and you can draw all the circles you want on a chalk board – people hate to sell and that WAS a major problem.

Problem #2: People Push the Products and/or Company.

There are a few network marketing companies that have been in business since the inception of the concept; however most don’t last longer than the duration of the Civil War. The nature of the beast is that any network marketing company that hasn’t been around for numerous years lacks credibility in most peoples’ minds. A company could have the greatest product in the world and the most exciting compensation plan but so what. Most people may like the idea, but they don’t know how to market so in essence you are creating another problem in their lives i.e It’s good, I like the concept, but how am I going to market it. Doubt sets, in bills pile up, prospect drops out and the thing crashes. That WAS a major problem.

Reason #3: Most People Feel They Can’t Do Presentations.

I don’t know about you, but I sure got the jitters when I went to do a flip chart presentation.

Sometimes, the prospect would go so far as to grab the book from me to see what else was in it.

Doing product presentations WAS a major problem for most people.

Reason #4: Many People Feel They are Not Leaders.

Confederate General Lee, Jackson, Forrest & others were obviously great leaders. People like that are few and far between. More than likely most leaders are born and the others are developed. In any case, to be a leader takes passion, commitment to the cause and a holistic view of the desired outcome that needs to be achieved despite any obstacles. We all face obstacles and fail at some point or another, but most of us do not have the faith Confederate General Stonewall Jackson had. People get discouraged and drop out because they can’t visualize themselves in the place they aspire to be. Finding leaders who can direct others to become leaders WAS a major problem in network marketing.

When the Internet was first made available to the masses(15 years ago?) Network Marketers everywhere were thrilled as they would be able to reach more people. Unfortunately, for most, the dreams of success for many were never realized because the aformentioned problems still existed.

Personally, I know these problems to be self-evident because I have experienced them myself many times.

* I hate to sell

* I’ve tried to push a company or a product with no success

* I’m not a natural born learder

What do I do? Give up and allow my daydream of recruiting generals to not materialize?

NO WAY!

What say you Singing Cowboy?…

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“Get there first with the most” – Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest