Shipments of every type of general aviation airplane increased in 2006, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, which is dubbing 2006 a “banner year” for GA.
The strong numbers have led to another record high in industry billings, reaching $18.8 billion, a 24% increase over 2005. Year-end, worldwide shipments of general aviation airplanes totaled 4,042 for 2006, up 12.9% over the previous year’s total of 3,580. The industry also experienced an all-time high in business jet shipments.
“Worldwide economic growth, a strong export market, and increased use of general aviation for both business and personal use all played a part in this outstanding year for general aviation,” said GAMA Chairman Dr. John Grisik. “As our manufacturers continue to fill their order books, GAMA anticipates another robust year for general aviation in 2007 and beyond.”