Aviation Numbers Show Growth Trend

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Sales Are Up For Year So Far...

The numbers are showing that the long-hoped-for GA recovery is underway, with industry billings up almost 16 percent in the first nine months of this year, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) reported recently. "Recovery of the U.S. economy and accelerated depreciation enacted by Congress for operators of new airplanes stimulated every segment of our industry," said Ron Swanda, interim president of GAMA. "But the growing, worldwide attraction of using general aviation airplanes for safe and efficient air travel is a fundamental growth factor that should not be overlooked." Shipments of piston-powered airplanes manufactured worldwide in the first nine months of 2004 were up 70 units, 1,342 from last year's 1,272. Turboprop shipments increased from 163 airplanes in the first nine months of 2003 to 194 this year. Business jets were also up with the first nine months' shipments increasing 10.4 percent, from 355 units last year to 392 units this year.