General aviation flights declining in New York, nationwide
Every Wednesday, a friendly pilot landed at Long Island MacArthur Airport with bagels and coffee to share with the mechanics at Edward Libassi's shop. On Thursdays, another pilot arrived with hot cross buns. Those social drop-ins have largely ended — one of the many signs of a major decline in general aviation flights on Long Island and nationwide that has spanned nearly 15 years. The prolonged downturn has Libassi, longtime owner of A&P Aircraft Maintenance, longing for the bustling days of old.
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