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GAMA: General Aviation Market Poised for Resurgence

February 14, 2013, 07:10 AM
Filed Under: Aircraft

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released the 2012 year-end shipments of general aviation airplanes. GAMA also expanded the data to include delivery data for helicopter manufacturers.  Most general aviation aircraft flying in the world today were built by GAMA member companies.

The year-end airplane shipments increased 0.6 percent to 2,133 airplane deliveries in 2012. The airplane billings declined slightly to $18.9 billion compared to 19.0 billion in 2011. The helicopter segment delivered 1,044 aircraft in 2012 which was a change of 21.5 percent compared to the 859 in 2011. The combined value of civil airplane and helicopter shipments in 2012 was $3.4 billion.

Turboprop airplanes ended the year positive at 580 deliveries compared to 526 in 2011. The piston engine segment declined slightly to 881 units which is a decline of 1.9 percent. Business jet shipments also declined from 696 to 672 units. Helicopter deliveries increased in 2012. Multi-engine and single-engine turbine helicopter deliveries increased 16.3 percent and 23.3 percent respectively while the piston engine helicopter segment increased 22.4 percent to 328 units in 2012.

“While the 2012 shipment and billing data were mixed, the numbers don’t reflect the amount of development work in progress in general aviation,” said Brad Mottier, 2013 GAMA Chairman. “The general aviation segment is poised for resurgence in the next few years as these new technologies certify and enter the market.”

“The GAMA committees will focus on lowering the barriers in general aviation to enable advanced technologies to more easily enter service and help improve safety,” said Mottier. “GAMA will also continue to expand the association throughout the general aviation industry as well as internationally.”

Read the full GAMA press release.

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