GAMA: All Aircraft Shipments Are Up
In its third-quarter shipment report, GAMA has found the overall delivery of airplanes and rotorcraft increased in the first nine months of this year compared to the same period in 2017. “This is one of those few times since the great recession that we have seen all segments up in shipment numbers,” said GAMA President Pete Bunce. “While there remain some soft spots in a few segments, including business jet deliveries and impacts being felt from global trade disputes, I’m optimistic about our industry’s performance in 2019.” The report found piston airplane deliveries increased by 8.3 percent, to 784 units, compared to the same period last year.
Shipments of turboprops rose by 5.6 percent, from 374 to 395 airplanes. Business jet shipments increased from 433 to 446; piston rotorcraft deliveries were up 15.8 percent to 220; turbine rotorcraft shipments increased by 8.3 percent to 510; and shipments of turboprops improved 5.6 percent, from 374 to 395 airplanes. Business jet shipments increased from 433 to 446. Despite the rise in deliveries, billings declined overall, reflecting a trend toward smaller, less expensive aircraft in the jet category, including 41 copies of the Cirrus Vision jet. GAMA says it also is expanding its membership, mainly due to its efforts to reach out to the eVTOL development community. New members include Raisbeck Engineering, Ampaire, AVIAGE, Robotic Skies, SkyRyse, Volocopter and ZeroAvia.