The general aviation aircraft manufacturing industry’s results for the first nine months of 2023, when compared to the same period in 2022, show increased aircraft deliveries across all segments along with an increase in the overall value of the aircraft shipments.
“General aviation is the planet’s aerospace technology incubator that drives safety and sustainability benefits to our transportation systems and economies. We are laser focused on safety, technology and sustainability initiatives to maintain and expand our industry’s steadfast growth into the future. To achieve this, it is imperative that there is stability within our industry’s regulatory bodies and having a new permanent leader at the top of the FAA is a great start. It is also essential that Congress act now to pass an FAA reauthorization bill that provides the new Administrator and agency with the necessary direction and tools to strengthen and enhance the aviation system,” said Pete Bunce, GAMA President and CEO.
Aircraft shipments through the third quarter of 2023, when compared to the same period in 2022, saw piston airplanes increase 11.9% with 1,135 units, turboprops increase 14.6% with 439 units, and business jets increase 2% with 455 units. The value of airplane deliveries through the third quarter of 2023 was $14.5 billion, an increase of 2.5%.
Helicopter shipments increased when compared to the third quarter of 2022; piston helicopter deliveries increased 15.3% with 158 units, and turbine helicopter deliveries increased 6.3% with 469 units.
GAMA is an international trade association representing over 100 of the world’s leading manufacturers of general aviation airplanes and rotorcraft, engines, avionics, components and related services. GAMA’s members also operate repair stations, fixed based operations, pilot and maintenance training facilities and manage fleets of aircraft.