GAMA Debuts GA Database Online

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A new online guide to general aviation, unveiled Tuesday by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), was designed to educate the mass media, but it's likely to prove useful -- or at least interesting -- to many others. Among the information available at a click: profiles of GA manufacturers of airplanes, engines, avionics, and components; detailed information on nearly every airplane model since 1946, including range and speed information (let the debates begin), photos, the total number of airplanes shipped to date, and date of FAA certification; current quarterly shipment reports; and annual statistical reports on GA activities. The guide is up and running at GAMA's Web site. "GAMA has created the Media Guide to serve as a research tool for the media and others seeking timely information about our industry," GAMA President Ed Bolen said in a news release Tuesday. "It is our hope that it will prove useful whenever questions arise about general aviation airplanes, manufacturers, or industry information."