Half-year GA deliveries show modest improvements
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)