What Is General Aviation?

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General aviation (GA) includes all civilian flying, except scheduled passenger airliners. Accordingly, the phrase encompasses a broad range of flying: business travel, agricultural aviation, flight training, aerial firefighting, medical transport, aerial mapping, pipeline patrol, aerial law enforcement, sightseeing, search and rescue, personal travel, recreational flying, and much more. In the U.S., GA flies almost 23 million hours annually, and to more than 5,000 public airports.