Turboprop Sales Rebound

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A major improvement in turboprop sales helped GA manufacturers record another strong quarter in the first three months of 2005. Turboprop sales jumped 67.6 percent over the same period last year with a total of 57 sales compared to 34 in Q1 2004, according to stats released by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) last week. Gains in other sectors were more modest but all were on the plus side of the ledger and that bodes well for the continued recovery of the industry, said GAMA President Pete Bunce. "Strong industry billings speak for the overall health of the general aviation industry," Bunce said. Overall shipments were up 15.7 percent from 542 to 627 and the dollar value also jumped 14.1 percent from $2.4 billion to $2.7 billion. Piston sales were up 9.6 percent from 394 to 432 and bizjet shipments climbed a healthy 21.1 percent from 114 to 138.