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FAA FORECASTS GROWTH IN GENERAL AVIATION TURBINE-POWERED FLEET

 FAA FORECASTS GROWTH IN GENERAL AVIATION TURBINE-POWERED FLEET
 WASHINGTON, March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The number of turbine- powered fixed wing aircraft in the U.S. general aviation fleet is expected to grow from 10,000 in 1991 to 13,700 by the year 2003.
 The number of turbine-powered helicopters is expected to grow from 3,900 to 8,000 during the same period.
 These are among the trends that are being discussed at the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) second annual General Aviation Forecast Conference today and Friday at the Hyatt Newporter in Newport Beach, Calif.
 California Gov. Pete Wilson was to deliver the welcoming address, and Acting FAA Administrator Barry Lambert Harris is the keynote speaker. Former FAA Administrator Donald Engen will deliver the opening remarks on the second day of the program.
 Other forecast findings that are being discussed include:
 -- General aviation pilots have increased their proficiency, with 42.3 percent having instrument ratings compared with 30.3 percent in 1980.
 -- The general aviation industry is an important contributor to the nation's economy because of the production and sale of general aviation aircraft, avionics and other equipment.
 -- The active general aviation fleet has remained relatively constant since 1980.
 Panel discussions are focusing on the airport and general aviation.
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