WASHINGTON, D.C. — Total worldwide general aviation airplane shipments rose 6.6% over the same period last year, from 1,419 to 1,513 shipments, according to figures just released by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
Billings for GA airplanes worldwide in the first nine months reached $15.4 billion, up 24.5% from the same period last year, when they totaled $12.4 billion.
Single and multi-engine turboprop shipments continued their positive trajectory, increasing 9.3% and 42.4%. Piston engine airplanes increased 7.9% to 667 compared to 618 in 2012. However, business jet shipments were down from 430 in the first nine months of 2012 to 421 in 2013.
“The strong level of energy and positive mood of customers at the National Business Aviation Association’s convention this month reflects the industry’s continued recovery from the recession and gives GAMA members good reason to feel optimistic about the future,” GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce said. “While our members enjoyed another strong quarter of billings, not all of the news is good; the industry still faces significant challenges, particularly in the small and mid-size jet markets.”
“As GAMA works with policymakers around the globe to facilitate increases in the deliveries of general aviation manufacturing products, we are encouraged by the progress of initiatives such as the Small Airplane Revitalization Act, which will increase safety while reducing cost for both industry and government,” he continued. “In addition, GAMA continues to work with the FAA to quickly clear the backlog of deliveries that developed over the 16-day government shutdown and mitigate any adverse impact upon our critical fourth quarter numbers.”