The latest report on aircraft shipments and billings from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) shows that the value of airplane deliveries through the third quarter of 2021 jumped 13% compared to 2020.
Sales in all categories were up, except in piston airplanes, which was down 0.7%.
Making up for that was an increase of 40.6% in turboprop sales, while business jet deliveries increased 15.9%.
The value of airplane deliveries through the third quarter of 2021 was $13.4 billion, an increase of approximately 13%, according to GAMA officials.
The same held true for helicopters. Turbine helicopter deliveries through the third quarter of 2021, when compared to the same period in 2020, increased 23.5%, while piston helicopter deliveries increased 24.8%, with 131 units.
The value of helicopters delivered so far in 2021 is $2.4 billion, up 37.3% from the $1.8 billion in helicopter sales in the first nine months of 2020.
“The general aviation manufacturing industry has shown perseverance with continued growth, all while still navigating pandemic-related setbacks, including ongoing supply chain and workforce challenges,” said GAMA President Pete Bunce. “Despite the constraints imposed by shortages of parts and people, our manufacturers and maintenance providers are working hard to meet the growing demand for both new and used aircraft, which we obviously welcome and embrace. The first nine months of 2021 have shown great progress and we look forward to seeing how the year closes out.”