WASHINGTON, D.C. — The latest figures from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) show that in the first quarter of 2014, total worldwide general aviation airplane shipments increased 11.9%, from 447 in 2013 to 500 in 2014. Billings for GA airplanes totaled $5.1 billion in the first quarter, up 9% from the same period last year.
Piston airplane shipments increased a solid 21.4% from 182 to 221 shipments. The number of piston airplane shipments, however, remains below the 2006 peak, when there were 600 shipments in the first quarter, GAMA officials noted.
Turboprop shipments declined 8.1% to 125. Business jet shipments came in stronger at 154, up 19.4% from first quarter of 2013.
“The GA manufacturing industry’s first-quarter numbers in 2014, especially the strong showing in the piston segment, are encouraging and show that we continue to climb our way out of the recession,” GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce said. “But we remain a long way from being out of the woods as shown by the mixed performance among sectors. That’s why we continue to work with regulators and lawmakers around the globe to push for sound tax policies that stimulate manufacturing jobs; certification reform to make it easier to put new, safety-enhancing products in the sky; and reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank so that manufacturers have a level playing field to meet the rising demand worldwide for GA aircraft.”