GA de­liv­ery fig­ures on the in­crease

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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.

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