PUBLISHED: 14:31 GMT, 11 APRIL 2014 | UPDATED: 22:28 GMT, 11 APRIL 2014
GENERAL AVIATION PRESENTS ITSELF AS A VERY FLEXIBLE MODE OF TRANSPORT.
Friedrichshafen - General aviation is taking off again: The industry again recorded a slight increase in new aircraft registrations. Worldwide there are currently around 370,000 general aviation aircraft, with roughly 24,000 aircraft being operated in Germany. There are a total of 75,000 pilots in Germany, and worldwide the number of licensed pilots is around a million. Experts in Germany expect annual sales of two to three billion euros in general aviation. These numbers are expected to rise, according to industry representatives at the start of the international air show AERO on Wednesday at a press conference in Friedrichshafen.
A forward-looking Europe that is growing together needs general aviation, said Rolf Dörpinghaus, expert and trade journalist. He spoke in favor of private transport in the air as an important, flexible, and discreet mode of transport for business. For him, flying is an efficient form of private or business travel, is indispensable for aerial work and rescue services, and is a demanding form of amateur and competitive sport. Aviation is also a breeding ground for new, especially sustainable technologies - such as electric flight - and represents an entry point for young people who are seeking professional fulfillment in aviation or who perhaps still need to discover it. Rolf Dörpinghaus described it as gratifying that AERO has once again managed to bring together almost the entire diversity and breadth of general aviation under one roof, from sport to business aviation.
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