2022 Midyear Aircraft Deliveries Up Across Most Segments


Aircraft deliveries have increased across most segments for the first six months of 2022 compared to the same time period last year, according to the Second Quarter 2022 General Aviation Aircraft Shipment and Billing Report released by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) on Wednesday. GAMA reported that overall airplane shipments through the second quarter (Q2) of the year rose 9.9 percent and total helicopter deliveries remained steady with a 0.6 percent increase. Total airplane billings rose from $8.6 billion at the end of Q2 2021 to $9.1 billion at midyear in 2022 while total helicopter billings dropped from $1.4 billion to $1.3 billion.

“Since the initial setbacks of the pandemic, we have seen some segments make strides with growing backlogs and high rates of operations while others are still diligently working to navigate the path to recovery,” said GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce. “Despite ongoing supply chain and workforce issues, our industry continues to make progress and strategically posture for the future, which is a true testament to our strength and durability.”

Compared to the first half of 2021, piston airplane deliveries have increased 9.4 percent to 638 units, turboprops were up 11.8 percent to 247 units and business jet shipments rose 9.5 percent with 289 shipped. So far this year, 87 piston helicopters have been delivered, up from 83 units through Q2 2021. Turbine helicopters, the only segment to show a decrease, dropped slightly from 259 to 257 aircraft delivered.

Kate O'Connor
Kate O’Connor works as AVweb's Editor-in-Chief. She is a private pilot, certificated aircraft dispatcher, and graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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  1. I also have seen those prices on Trade A Plane and was wondering the very same things. Especially the aircraft with original radios, no ADSB, trashed interiors and paint peeling. Yes, I have flown those. As a rental. But I certainly wouldn’t be buying one. Maybe that’s why new sales are up?

    • I’ve been in the market for a used 182 for several months but am not willing to pay $120K for an aircraft that’s as old as I am with high TT, a mid-life engine, original interior and minimal panel upgrades. I’m just going to sit on my pile of cash and wait until some sanity returns.

      I suspect many of the new piston deliveries are to flight schools (receiving substantial discounts for volume purchases) as who’s paying $650K for a new 182 or $1.3M for a Baron? Wow!

      • “I’m just going to sit on my pile of cash and wait until some sanity returns.”

        I suggest fluffing your cashpile to provide maximum comfort. If the “sanity” that you await is lower prices for new aircraft, Hell is likely to freeze over before that occurs.

        A “dog” with good bones can be an excallent alternative to a nearly-seven-figure personal aircraft.

        Buy it; strip it; repair it; upgrade it; fly it; enjoy it. You’ll still save 50% or more of the cost of a new bird.

        Sometimes, “sanity” wears strange disguises. Happy aviating!

  2. I’m not tracking all the GA crashes on a spreadsheet,but from what I am reading there is at least one GA accident every day, mostly older single engine,(except for a few of those newer Cirrus types).

  3. 638 piston engine deliveries in the first half of the year, so maybe around 1300 for the whole year. Hard to believe that in 1979 the total piston engine aircraft produced exceeded 17,000…

    • In 1979 the average new price for a Cessna was around $40,000, that would be $167,000 today. Can you find a NEW Cessna for that price? No, Greed rules the cost of planes. Better to build a few with a cheap workforce and sell to the mega rich than to make a good affordable product for the masses. We the “little” can lump it. That is also why there are much fewer pilots today, who can afford to fly? I don’t anymore.