AEA issues avionics market report

AEA Issues Second Quarter 2013 Avionics Market Report

The Aircraft Electronics Association has released its second quarter Avionics Market Report. In the months of April, May and June 2013, total worldwide avionics sales amounted to more than $1.6 billion, as reported by the 20 aviation electronics manufacturers participating in the report.

The extent of the quarterly report simply is one total number: the collective sales figure — both forward-fit and retrofit — for the current time period sales, as received from the participating manufacturers.

The dollar amount $1,620,201,160.49 (using net sales price, not manufacturer’s suggested retail price) includes: All aircraft electronic sales — including all component and accessories in cockpit/cabin/software upgrades/portables/noncertified aircraft electronics; all hardware ; batteries; and chargeable product upgrades from the participating manufacturers. The amount does not include repairs and overhauls, extended warranty or subscription services.

The second quarter sales were 5% less than what was reported in the first quarter 2013 report, which amounted to $1,706,006,894.49, or more than $1.7 billion.

“Although there was a slight decrease in the amount of sales compared to the first quarter of this year, the industry is still on pace to outperform the total year-end sales from 2012, which amounted to more than $6.3 billion,” said Paula Derks, president of the Aircraft Electronics Association. “It’s important to remember that the AEA Avionics Market Report is still in its first year of existence, and it has not had the opportunity to gather and report a complete year’s worth of data on a quarter-by-quarter basis. However, as we move forward in time and the report evolves into its second and third phases, we certainly will be better able to analyze and compare current sales against the same time period from previous years. I expect the report eventually will reveal the impact of seasonal and economic trends as well as upcoming equipment mandates, among other things in the years ahead.”

The AEA first introduced its Avionics Market Report in March, during the 56th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show in Las Vegas. During the event’s Opening Ceremonies, the association reported the total year-end international avionics sales for 2012 amounted to $6,279,317,197.54, or nearly $6.3 billion.

The concept to produce the AEA Avionics Market Report began in April 2012, when the AEA formed an ad hoc committee comprised of representatives of avionics manufacturers to solicit input on a new benefit for the AEA membership and general aviation industry. To date, 20 aviation electronics manufacturers have committed to participate in the report. Additional manufacturers will continue to be invited to contribute sales data.

The AEA Avionics Market Report will continue to expand and provide greater detail in future reports. For example, it eventually will report not only the total dollar amount of worldwide sales for the current time period, but it also will report both certified and noncertified aircraft electronics units sold. In addition, the report will be enhanced to include dividing the numbers into domestic and international sales, fixed-wing versus rotorcraft, airplane categories and subscription sales, according to AEA officials.

“Never before has there been a true capture of the dollar size of the general aviation electronics market,” said Derks. “Not only will this report be useful to our membership in strategic planning and examining market share, but it will be valuable information to promote our industry to the aviation community, investors, and most importantly, when informing our elected officials of the value of the industry to the global economy.”

To ensure confidentiality, the participating manufacturing companies submit their overall avionics sales figure to an independent third-party accounting firm retained to produce the AEA Avionics Market Report. The companies currently participating in the report include:

  • Accord Technology
  • Aircell
  • Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp.
  • Aspen Avionics
  • Bendix/King
  • Cobham (Mineral Wells)
  • Cool City Avionics
  • FreeFlight Systems
  • Garmin
  • Honeywell Business & General Aviation
  • ICG
  • Jupiter Avionics
  • Latitude Technologies
  • L-3 Aviation Products
  • Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics
  • Rockwell Collins
  • Sandia Aerospace
  • Shadin Avionics
  • Trig Avionics
  • Universal Avionics Systems Corp.

For more information:

For more information, contact Geoff Hill, AEA director of communications, at 816-347-8400 or


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