GA de­liv­er­ies down last year

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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.

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