GAMA: GA Deliveries Strong Through Mid-2007

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On Friday, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced airplane shipments and billings for the first half of 2007 at EAA AirVenture. During the six-month period, shipments of general aviation airplanes totaled 1,883 units, a 1.7 percent increase over the same period last year. Industry billings rose 11.7 percent to $9.8 billion. While overall growth was positive, shipments of new piston aircraft through the second quarter slid 4.2 percent year-over-year to 1,226 airplanes. Turboprop shipments rose 15.2 percent from 158 airplanes in the first half of last year to 182 this year. The business jet market segment grew by 14.7 percent, with an increase in shipments from 414 units in first-half 2006 to 475 this year.

“The innovative technologies that our manufacturers are showcasing at premier events like AirVenture have a direct correlation with making flying easier and safer,” said GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce. General aviation manufacturers are committed to creating a renewed interest in flying through the introduction of products that will spur more people worldwide to experience the exhilaration of flight.”

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