Half-year GA de­liv­er­ies show mod­est im­prove­ments

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The Gen­eral Aviation Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion re­ports that world­wide GA air­craft de­liv­er­ies were up in sec­ond quar­ter of 2018, but over­all billings were down. De­liv­er­ies of pis­ton-en­gined air­craft in­creased by 6.4 per cent to 498 over the first six months of this year, and de­liv­er­ies of tur­bo­props in­creased from 237 in the same pe­riod of 2017 to 260 units in 2018, 217 of which were sin­gle-en­gine tur­bo­props. Busi­ness jet de­liv­er­ies re­mained ‘flat’ at 296 units. De­liv­er­ies of pis­ton-en­gined he­li­copters con­tin­ued to rise, from 125 in the first six months of 2017 to 149 in 2018, and tur­bine helicopter de­liv­er­ies also rose, from 338 to 345.

“Though this quar­ter’s re­sults are mixed, we are glad to see that de­mands for train­ing air­craft are driv­ing in­crease in the pis­ton and ro­tor­craft seg­ments,” said GAMA Pres­i­dent and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Pete Bunce. “The Boe­ing 2018 Pi­lot and Tech­ni­cian Out­look shows the de­mand for pi­lots, tech­ni­cians and other aviation in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als is at an all-time high. We hope the con­tin­ued in­ter­est in train­ing air­craft as well as in new, safety-en­hanc­ing prod­ucts and tech­nol­ogy that our mem­ber com­pa­nies are bring­ing to the mar­ket will con­tinue to drive in­creases in fu­ture quar­ters, and drive in­creases in peo­ple join­ing the in­dus­try’s work­force.”

36 of the 217 sin­gleengine tur­bo­props de­liv­ered in the first half of 2018 were Cessna Car­a­van 675s and Grand Car­a­van EXS (pic­tured)

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