GA de­liv­er­ies slightly up in Q1

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Dur­ing the first quar­ter of 2018 the world­wide gen­eral avi­a­tion in­dus­try de­liv­ered 445 fixed-wing air­craft with a to­tal value of $3.8 bil­lion, and 219 he­li­copters val­ued at $673 mil­lion. Over­all de­liv­er­ies were slightly up on the same pe­riod of last year but with ‘mixed per­for­mance among types’ the Gen­eral Avi­a­tion Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion says.

The largest in­crease in de­liv­er­ies came in pis­ton-en­gined he­li­copters, up from 58 to 81, of which seventy were Robin­sons, while tur­bine he­li­copter de­liv­er­ies in­creased seven per­cent to 138. Best mar­ket per­for­mance came in the tur­bo­prop mar­ket, up by 12.7%, while pi­s­to­nengined types, sin­gles and twins, were down three, to 200. Cir­rus once again dom­i­nated the sin­gle-en­gined pis­ton air­craft mar­ket, de­liv­er­ing a to­tal of 74 SR20/22/22TS, fol­lowed by Tec­nam with eigh­teen ASTMLSAS, three each P2002JF and P92JSS, three P2008JCS and six P2010P Twenty Tens, Cessna with four­teen Sky­hawk SPS, one Turbo Sky­lane, six Turbo Sta­tion­airs and a sole ex­am­ple of the now dis­con­tin­ued TTX, and Piper with sixteen Archer IIIS and one Ar­row.

“We are pleased to see the in­dus­try is, over­all, trend­ing pos­i­tively,” said GAMA Pres­i­dent and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Pete Bunce. “Train­ing needs are driv­ing the de­mands in the ro­tor­craft seg­ment, while a sta­bil­is­ing used mar­ket, over­all global eco­nomic growth and avi­a­tion in­no­va­tion are driv­ing the other seg­ment in­creases. We ex­pect the in­tro­duc­tion of new prod­ucts to drive fu­ture growth.”

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