GA deliveries down last year
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.”