A History in the Making: 80 Turbulent Years in the American General Aviation History

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The first-ever authoritative history of the business of general aviation: the triumphs and defeats, mergers and acquisitions. Author Donald Pattillo, an aviation and international business expert, takes you through the tumultuous growth of the industry, covering the origins of personal aviation ... the Lindbergh boom ... market expansion and war production ... the postwar era: 1946 - 1954 ... the modern era: 1967 - 1979 ... the general aviation crisis ... and the path to recovery.

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The history of American general aviation: its glory days, decline, and. rebirth. General aviation is the biggest sector of the aerospace. industry in terms of sheer numbers. But even with more planes,. airfields, pilots, and flying hours than the military and commercial. sectors combined, it's a part of the industry that's also the least. understood. All along, it has been waiting for its own history to be. written. Here is that history: the first ever devoted to the general. aviation business. From the wild and tumultuous beginnings in the. wood-and-canvas biplane days, to today's resurgence and the exciting. emergence of the ultralight market, author Donald Pattilo covers it. all, without fear or favor. Follow the growth of this entrepreneurial,. fiercely competitive business, and gain insight into the decisions. behind the manufacture of some of the most famous aircraft ever built.. All the major developments in design and engineering are also covered,. including: agricultural aircraft; turbine power; business jets;. helicopters; wartime aircraft; light civilian aircraft. A History in. the Making also delves into the product liability crisis that put the. indsustry into a tailspin, and other problems plaguing aviation.. Finally, Pattillo forecasts the future, and reveals the promising new. developments that can lead the business back to the road of. prosperity.

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Donald M. Pattillo (Acworth, Georgia) is an expert in both international business and the aerospace industry. He taught domestic and international business administration at Northeastern University, the University of Dayton, St. John's University, and Point Park College. He has written articles on the aerospace industry in world trade and aerospace industry financial management. Dr. Pattillo's first book, Pushing the Envelope (Univ. of Michigan Press, forthcoming), is a business history of the military/commercial aerospace industry.

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