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GAMA Announces First Quarter 2014 Airplane Shipments and Billing Numbers; Piston Airplanes Grow More than 20 Percent

GAMA NEWS 14-21 For Immediate Release: May 1, 2014

Washington, DC—The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) today released the industry’s airplane shipments and billings for the first quarter of 2014. In the first three months of the year, total worldwide general aviation (GA) airplane shipments increased 11.9 percent, from 447 units in 2013 to 500 units in 2014. Billings for GA airplanes totaled $5.1 billion in the first quarter, up 9.0 percent from the same period last year.

Piston airplane shipments increased a solid 21.4 percent from 182 to 221 shipments. The number of piston airplane shipments, however, remains below the 2006 peak, when there were 600 shipments in the first quarter. Turboprop shipments declined 8.1 percent to 125 shipments. Business jet shipments came in stronger at 154 airplane shipments, up 19.4 percent from first quarter of 2013.

"The GA manufacturing industry’s first-quarter numbers in 2014, especially the strong showing in the piston segment, are encouraging and show that we continue to climb our way out of the recession," GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce said. "But we remain a long way from being out of the woods as shown by the mixed performance among sectors. That’s why we continue to work with regulators and lawmakers around the globe to push for sound tax policies that stimulate manufacturing jobs; certification reform to make it easier to put new, safety-enhancing products in the sky; and reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank so that manufacturers have a level playing field to meet the rising demand worldwide for GA aircraft."

FIRST THREE MONTHS OF SHIPMENTS OF AIRPLANES MANUFACTURED WORLDWIDE

2013

2014

CHANGE

Pistons

182

221

+21.4%

Turboprops

136

125

-8.1%

Business Jets

129

154

+19.4%

Total Shipments 447

500

+11.9%
Total Billings $4.70B $5.12B +9.0%

Note: GAMA will publish rotorcraft shipments separately.

Communications Director:
Sarah McCann: smccann@gama.aero
General Aviation Manufacturers Association
www.GAMA.aero
Headquarters: (+1) 202-393-1500
European Office: (+32) 2 550-3900

GAMA exists to foster and advance the general welfare, safety, interests, and activities of the global business and general aviation industry. This includes promoting a better understanding of general aviation manufacturing, maintenance, repair, and overhaul and the important role these industry segments play in economic growth and opportunity, and in serving the critical transportation needs of communities, companies, and individuals worldwide.