GA Sales Value Up 6 Percent In 2022


The General Aviation Manufacturers Association says members shipped or made preliminary deliveries worth $26.8 billion in 2022, a 6 percent increase over 2021 revenues. The organization presented its annual State Of The Industry press conference on Feb. 22. All sectors of the industry contributed to the strong showing. Piston deliveries were up 8.2 percent with 1,524 units; turboprop airplane deliveries increase 10.4 percent, with 582 units; and business jet deliveries increase to 712 units from 710. The value of airplane deliveries for 2022 was $22.9 billion, an increase of approximately 5.8 percent. Helicopter deliveries were also up 6.8 percent to $4 billion.

Despite the universal uptick in business activity, GAMA President Pete Bunce said it wasn’t an easy year. “The general aviation manufacturing industry continues to show increasing strength despite workforce and supply chain challenges across our industry,” he said. “Our product development across the spectrum of fixed wing, rotorcraft and Advanced Air Mobility vehicles is spurred by the recognition that our industry is the safety and sustainability technology incubator for global civil aviation.” Bunce said industry is doing its part and regulators need to keep up. “We will be looking for Congress to focus the FAA on improving their processes to facilitate the certification of new technologies as well as support their validation efforts globally to deliver safety, performance and sustainability benefits,” he said.

Russ Niles
Russ Niles is Editor-in-Chief of AVweb. He has been a pilot for 30 years and joined AVweb 22 years ago. He and his wife Marni live in southern British Columbia where they also operate a small winery.

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  1. If the reported sales volumes haven’t been adjusted for the current rate of inflation, realistically this would appear to be either static or no-growth rather than a “strong showing”.

  2. YoY comparisons are useful but Covid impacted years like 2021& 2022 need a reference to 2019 as well, the last pre-Covid year. Are we back to pre-Covid volumes?

    The commenter know as “.” Is correct that inflation adjustments are an important part of analyzing industry health.

  3. I just now finished a tour of the Beech facility in Wichita & saw the piston line as well as King Air & Sky Courier assembly The guide told me their production is sold out for the next 2 years.