Aviation

The aviation industry deals with the design, development, production and operation of aircraft. The industry involved in the various aspects of building, testing and selling of aircraft, aircraft components, missiles, spacecraft, and rockets in known as aerospace manufacturing. Until some decades ago, the aviation industry in many parts of the world was heavily regulated by the governments. More recently many private players have entered this field by operating airlines and general aviation flights. Airlines are the companies that lease or own the aircrafts that provide air transport services for passengers and freight. General aviation includes air charter, flight training, private aviation, parachuting, aerial photography, gliding, crop dusting, etc. which opens up vast avenues for potential entrepreneurs to explore. This also provides a great opportunity for producers of smaller aircraft. General aviation covers the majority of the world’s air traffic and is therefore a very popular business option among the wealthy and ambitious entrepreneurs. The aviation industry has been growing at a phenomenal rate since the governments of many countries liberalized aviation norms and regulations. Globalization also played a significant role in the growth of this industry. Read on to learn about the life and works of various famous business people in the aviation industry from all over the world.

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 1 Richard Branson

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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: July 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Blackheath London

Richard Branson is an English business magnate. The founder of Virgin Group Ltd., which controls over 400 companies, Branson was named on Time magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People in The World. Branson has also had a major impact as a philanthropist; he set up a charitable organization called Branson School of Entrepreneurship to provide entrepreneurial training to youngsters.

 2 Vijay Mallya

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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Politician
Birthdate: December 18, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kolkata

Indian business magnate and ex-politician Vijay Mallya, known for his flamboyant lifestyle, has donned many hats, from running the largest alcohol company in India; to owning a cricket team and an F-1 team; to launching an airline. Following a financial fraud scandal, he is now facing extradition from the U.K.

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 3 J. R. D. Tata

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Famous As: French-Indian aviator
Birthdate: July 29, 1904
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 29, 1993
An aviation pioneer, J. R. D. Tata channeled the Tata Group for over five decades, leading to the expansion of India's largest industrial empire. He was honoured with the Bharat Ratna and the Padma Vibhushan, two of India's highest civillian awards. He was also honored with French Legion of Honour twice. 

 4 Eddie Rickenbacker

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Famous As: Aviator, Racecar Driver, Military Personnel
Birthdate: October 8, 1890
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, US
Died: July 23, 1973
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 5 Juan T. Trippe

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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: June 27, 1899
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Seabright, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 3, 1981

 6 Ferdinand von Zeppelin

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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: July 8, 1838
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
Died: March 8, 1917

 7 Anthony Fokker

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Famous As: Dutch aviation pioneer and an aircraft manufacturer
Birthdate: April 6, 1890
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kediri, East Java
Died: December 23, 1939

Though a high-school drop-out, Dutch aviation designer and entrepreneur Anthony Fokker showed his interest in mechanics quite early. He designed over 40 types of fighter aircrafts for the Germans during World War I. The aircraft that completed the first nonstop flight across the U.S. was also made by him.

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 8 Freddie Laker

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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: August 6, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Canterbury, Kent, England
Died: February 9, 2006
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 9 William Boeing

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Famous As: Founder of Boeing Company
Birthdate: October 1, 1881
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: September 28, 1956
Aviation mogul and Boeing founder William Boeing was initially a timber man. While learning to fly from Glenn L. Martin, he bought a plane from him, damaged it, and managed to repair it. Inspired by this, he built his first plane. He was also a horse-breeder and an avid reader.

 10 Tony Ryan

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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: February 2, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Thurles, County Tipperary, Ireland
Died: October 3, 2007

 11 Octave Chanute

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Famous As: Civil engineer
Birthdate: February 18, 1832
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 23, 1910

 12 Clyde Cessna

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Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: December 5, 1879
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Montgomery County, Iowa, United States
Died: November 20, 1954

 13 John King, Baron King of Wartnaby

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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: August 29, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brentford, Middlesex, England
Died: July 12, 2005

 14 Anton Flettner

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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: November 1, 1885
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hattersheim am Main, Germany
Died: December 29, 1961
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 15 Lawrence Dale Bell

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Famous As: Industrialist
Birthdate: April 5, 1894
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mentone, Indiana, United States
Died: October 20, 1956

 16 Claude Grahame-White

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Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: August 21, 1879
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bursledon, England
Died: August 19, 1959
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 17 Gabriel Voisin

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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: February 5, 1880
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Belleville-sur-Saone, France
Died: December 25, 1973

 18 Alphonse Pénaud

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Famous As: Designer
Birthdate: May 31, 1850
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 22, 1880
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 19 Allen Paulson

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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: April 22, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Clinton, Iowa, United States
Died: July 19, 2000

 20 Olive Ann Beech

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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: September 25, 1903
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Waverly, Kansas, United States
Died: July 6, 1993

 21 Ben Abruzzo

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Famous As: Balloonist
Birthdate: June 9, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rockford, Illinois, United States
Died: February 11, 1985

 22 Louis Charles Breguet

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Famous As: Aircraft designer
Birthdate: January 2, 1880
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 4, 1955

 23 William T. Piper

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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: January 8, 1881
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: January 15, 1970

 24 Maurice Farman

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Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: March 21, 1877
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 25, 1964

 25 Pierre-Georges Latécoère

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Famous As: Business owner
Birthdate: August 25, 1883
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bagnères-de-Bigorre, France
Died: August 10, 1943
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