GA de­liv­er­ies down last year

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The Gen­eral Avi­a­tion Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (GAMA) re­ports that world­wide GA air­craft ship­ments fell 4.6% in 2015, from 2,376 in 2014 to 2,267. Heli­copter de­liv­er­ies fell from 998 in 2014 to 954 last year. De­liv­er­ies of pis­ton-en­gine air­craft fared worst, fall­ing for the first time since 2010 to 1,056 against 1,129 in 2014. Tur­bo­prop de­liv­er­ies also de­clined, from 603 to 557. The busi­ness jet mar­ket re­mained rel­a­tively flat, up just 1.6% to 654. Sales of pis­ton-en­gine he­li­copters rose by 8.6%, to 279 (230 of them Robin­sons), while de­liv­er­ies of tur­bine mod­els dropped to 675.

“The mixed 2015 year-end num­bers among the var­i­ous sec­tors re­flect a mar­ket char­ac­terised by plum­met­ing en­ergy sec­tor rev­enue, eco­nomic un­cer­tainty and cur­rency fluc­tu­a­tions in key GA mar­kets such as Brazil, Europe, Rus­sia, and China,” GAMA Pres­i­dent and CEO Pete Bunce said. “With both the US and Europe look­ing to re­vise the rules gov­ern­ing their lead­ing safety au­thor­i­ties, we are at a unique mo­ment that brings with it op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges in ar­eas such as lever­ag­ing re­sources, cer­ti­fi­ca­tion ef­fi­ciency, and bet­ter reg­u­la­tion for GA.”

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