Fueled by ADS-B Out installations, avionics sales in 2019 topped $3 billion, according to the Aircraft Electronics Association’s year-end Avionics Market Report.
“For the first time, the business and general aviation avionics industry has reported more than $3 billion in year-end sales,” said AEA President and CEO Mike Adamson. “In addition, the industry has reported an increase in year-over-year sales for three straight years and 12 consecutive quarters.”
Total avionics sales for the year were up 10.2% compared to 2018.
During the fourth-quarter months of October, November and December, sales increased 5.3% compared to the same time frame a year ago, according to the report.
Of the more than $3 billion in sales in 2019, 55.1% came from the retrofit market (avionics equipment installed after original production), while forward-fit sales (avionics equipment installed by airframe manufacturers during original production) amounted to 44.9% of sales.
According to the companies that separated their total sales figures between North America (U.S. and Canada) and other international markets, 74.7% of the 2019 sales occurred in North America (U.S. and Canada), while 25.3% took place in other markets.
The dollar amount reported (using net sales price, not manufacturer’s suggested retail price) includes all business and general aviation aircraft electronic sales, including all component and accessories in cockpit/cabin/software upgrades/portables/certified and noncertified aircraft electronics; all hardware (tip to tail); batteries; and chargeable product upgrades from the participating manufacturers. The amount does not include repairs and overhauls, extended warranty or subscription services.