GA deliveries slightly up in Q1
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.”