African Pilot

Helicopter­s Sales

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2020 was a tough year for helicopter sales in 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the latest figures from the General Aviation Manufactur­ers Associatio­n, civil-commercial turbine helicopter deliveries for 2020, when compared to 2019, saw a decline of approximat­ely 16.9%, with 532 delivered, while piston helicopter deliveries saw a decline of 20.7%, with 142 delivered. But even in a tough year, there are some models that outsell others.

Airbus, Robinson Helicopter­s, Bell Helicopter­s and Leonardo made the list of Top 10 best-selling rotorcraft of 2020, with most companies grabbing more than one spot:

1) Airbus H125: 63 sold 3) Robinson R66: 54 sold 5) Airbus H145: 53 sol 7) Robinson Raven I: 32 sold 9) Leonardo AW139: 21 sold

2) Robinson Raven II: 61 sold 4) Bell 407Gxi: 53 sold

6) Bell 505: 49 sold

8) Bell 429: 27 sold

10) Robinson Beta II: 18 sold

GAMA’s complete 2020 year-end report can be found at GAMA.aero, which includes a breakdown by each manufactur­er and each model.

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