GA deliveries down last year
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association reports that worldwide deliveries of new GA aircraft totalled 2,241 last year, against 2,331 in 2015. Revenues fell from $24.1 billion to $20.7 billion. Piston aircraft sales fell from 1,056 in 2015 to 1,004 in 2016. Business jet deliveries were at their lowest since 2004 at 661 units, compared to 718 in 2015. Turboprop deliveries were the only bright spot, increasing from 557 units in 2015 to 576 last year. Helicopters fared no better than fixed-wing aircraft, falling 16.9% overall, from 1,036 in 2015 to 861 (224 piston-engined, 637 turbines) in 2016.
“The 2016 year-end results were disappointing overall, although we did see some blue sky in the turboprop sector,” GAMA President and Chief Executive Officer Pete Bunce said. “As we look toward 2017 and beyond, we are optimistic about the future and encouraged by the number of companies investing in innovative research and development programs and planning to bring new products to market. GAMA is actively working to create the regulatory environments that will make it more efficient and effective for manufacturers to offer new products and technologies to their customers, enhancing safety, efficiency, connectivity, and comfort… However, to enable and sustain that growth, policymakers and regulators must continue to work with industry to streamline regulatory processes and facilitate the global flow of aviation products.”
Cessna delivered its 5,000th light jet in October, but throughout the industry business jet deliveries in 2016 were at their lowest since 2004.