GA delivery figures on the increase
In the first nine months of 2018 deliveries of GA aircraft and helicopters showed an increase in all categories over the same period of 2017, but with some mixed performance within type groups, and dollar values were down, reports the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
Piston-engined helicopters performed best, with 220 deliveries – up 15.8% over the same period of 2017. Turbine helicopters and piston-engined aircraft deliveries were both up 8.3%, with 784 piston types delivered. Turbine aircraft deliveries were up 3% from 5.6%, and business jets up 3%, from 433 to 446.
In the piston-engine singles market Cirrus once again dominated, delivering 262 Sr20s/22s (and 41 of the new SF50 light jets), followed by Cessna (125 Skyhawks, Skylanes, Stationairs and a single example of the now discontinued TTX), Tecnam (110 ASTM-LSAS, P2002JFS, P92JSS, P2002JRS and P2010P Twenty-tens), and Piper (77 Warrior IIIS and Archer IIIS)),
“This is one of those few times since the great recession that we have seen all segments up in shipment numbers,” said GAMA President and Chief Executive Officer Pete Bunce. “While there remain some soft spots in a few segments, including business jet deliveries, and impacts being felt from global trade disputes, I’m optimistic about our industry’s performance in 2019 given continuing healthy demand for tax expensing, stabilisation of the used market, and the number of new products being introduced to the market place.