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General Aviation (GA) is defined by ICAO as "all civil aviation operations other than scheduled air services and non-scheduled air transport operations for remuneration or hire".

This encompasses a wide range of activity:

  • Pilot training
  • Business aviation
  • Recreation including balloon, glider and model aircraft flying
  • Agriculture including crop spraying
  • Mail and newspaper deliveries
  • Transport of dangerously ill people and of urgently needed human organs, medical equipment and medicines
  • Monitoring ground traffic movements from the air
  • Civil search/rescue
  • Law enforcement including operations against smuggling
  • Aerial survey including photography for map making and pipeline and power cable patrols
  • Pollution control and fire fighting
  • Flying displays

An international body which represents the interests of primarily leisure GA interest is the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA) which has national affiliates in some States. Other GA sectors have a range of representative bodies at international and national level.