Pis­ton en­gine de­cline

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The US FAA’S twenty-year fore­cast for gen­eral avi­a­tion pre­dicts an an­nual rise of 0.1% in ac­tive fleet size, for a to­tal in­crease of 3,400 air­craft be­tween 2017-2037. Con­tin­ued growth is ex­pected in the tur­bine and ro­tor­craft fleets, but the num­ber of fixed-wing pis­ton-en­gined fleet is pre­dicted to shrink over the fore­cast pe­riod by 22,500 air­craft. Al­though over­all fleet growth is min­i­mal, the num­ber of gen­eral avi­a­tion hours flown is fore­cast to in­crease by an av­er­age of 0.9% per year through 2037, as growth in tur­bine, ro­tor­craft, and ex­per­i­men­tal hours more than off­sets a de­cline in fixed-wing pis­ton en­gined op­er­a­tions.

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