Bolen: General Aviation Industry Healthier, Though Challenges Remain

The general aviation industry is on the upswing, shedding the doldrums from the Great Recession in 2008, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said Dec. 6 at the Wichita (KS) Aero Club?s Annual On-Air Summit.

Sales of new and pre-owned business turbine aircraft are up, he added. ?We?re seeing improvements in the industry.?

Appearing with fellow panelists Pete Bunce, president and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association; Jack Pelton, president and chairman of the Experimental Aircraft Association; Paula Derks, president of the Aircraft Electronics Association and Tom Haines, senior vice president, media and outreach for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Bolen and his fellow panelists noted the improved industry climate, while reminding attendees that challenges remain.