Figures released by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) show that worldwide aircraft shipment and billing figures are down for the first half of 2016.
Airplane shipments declined 4.5% to 970, while billings fell 11% from $10.4 billion to $9.3 billion.
Rotorcraft shipments also dropped 16.1%, from 467 during the same period a year ago to 392 in 2016. Billings for rotorcraft fell 32.5%, from $2.1 billion to $1.4 billion.
“In a challenging global climate, every segment of the fixed-wing and rotorcraft market showed declines for the first half of 2016,” GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce said. “As we saw at AirVenture 2016, general aviation manufacturers are working hard to regain momentum by delivering innovative new products and technologies that enhance safety and provide substantial improvement in capability.
“Unfortunately, the U.S. Congress has not done its part to support aircraft manufacturers or maintenance, repair and overhaul companies through its collective failure to include reforms of the outdated and overly prescriptive certification processes in the recently passed FAA extension,” he noted. “As U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) noted, excluding certification reform was ‘a sorely missed opportunity for Congress, where meaningful bipartisan accomplishments so often remain elusive.’ Additionally, U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon), the Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said that overhauling the FAA’s certification processes ‘would have created jobs.’
“As these members of Congress and others recognize, general aviation manufacturers and MRO companies, along with their employees, deserve better. We hope to see greater commitment by policymakers around the globe to give manufacturers the regulatory environment they need to succeed and allow our industry to continue to move forward,” Bunce concluded.
In the latest figures from GAMA, piston airplane deliveries were down 4.5%, from 464 to 443. Turboprop shipments declined 4.9%, from 247 to 235.
Additionally, 292 business jet airplanes were shipped in the first half of 2016, a 4.3% dip from the 305 shipped during the same period last year.
Piston rotorcraft fell 10.1%, from 129 to 116, and turbine shipments were down 18.3%, from 338 in 2015 to 276 in the first six months of this year.