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GAMA Publishes Second Quarter GA Aircraft Shipment Report

GAMA NEWS 14-37 For Immediate Release: Jul 31, 2014
Oshkosh, WI—The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) today published the second quarter 2014 general aviation aircraft shipment report. Industry airplane shipments increased 4.8 percent to 1,110 units while airplane billings rose to $10.9 billion, up 4.5 percent.

GAMA also released quarterly shipment data for rotorcraft manufacturers for the first time. GAMA began publishing annual rotorcraft shipment data several years ago and the association’s website provides this historical data. The rotorcraft manufacturers delivered 409 combined piston and turbine helicopters during the first six months of 2014. The billing figure for the rotorcraft shipments was $1.2 billion. "This additional fidelity about rotorcraft manufacturers will help us better tell the economic impact story of this important segment of GA," said Bunce.

"Deliveries of turboprops this quarter were flat, but the encouraging numbers in the piston airplane and business jet segments drive the industry’s optimism about global general aviation growth. Here at Oshkosh, enthusiasm toward the light airplane industry is clearly palpable," GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce said. "However, there is still a great deal of work that remains to make this recovery sustainable over the long term. This includes streamlining certification processes around the globe for both new production and equipage of safety-enhancing technology in the existing fleet."

Bunce continued, "In the United States, we need the leaders of the Department of Transportation to put high priority on their rulemaking processes to meet the December 2015 Congressionally mandated deadline for full implementation of the Small Airplane Revitalization Act that the FAA Administrator has publicly stated will improve general aviation safety."

"Reauthorizing the U.S. Export-Import Bank is also critical to keeping the industry moving forward and ensuring a level playing field for all general aviation manufacturers worldwide. We are encouraged by legislation being introduced today by a bipartisan group of Senators, led by Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), to reauthorize the Bank for five years, which will provide businesses with the certainty and predictability in financing they need as they plan their production schedules and future hiring for 2015 and beyond," Bunce concluded.


FIRST SIX MONTHS OF SHIPMENTS OF AIRPLANES MANUFACTURED WORLDWIDE

 

2013

2014

CHANGE

Pistons

500

520

+4.0%

Turboprops

276

272

-1.4%

Business Jets

283

318

+12.4%

Total Shipments 1,059

1,110

+4.8%
Total Billings $10.4B $10.9B +4.5%


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.