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Corrected: GAMA Publishes 2017 First Quarter Aircraft Shipment Data

GAMA NEWS 17-20 For Immediate Release: May 11, 2017




GAMA Director of Communications:
Sarah McCann

Released: May/11/2017

General Aviation
Manufacturers Association
Headquarters: (+1) 202-393-1500
European Office: (+32) 2 550-3900

GAMA Publishes 2017 First Quarter Aircraft Shipment Data

Washington, DC — The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) today released first quarter aircraft shipments showing that both total airplane and rotorcraft shipments increased compared to the same period in 2016, while combined billings declined to a total of $4.1 billion.

“The first quarter shows mixed results for our industry, but with several bright spots,” said GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce. “We expect future growth to be driven by the introduction of new products, which underscores just how important it is for the U.S. Congress to pass certification reform legislation to facilitate the future of aviation manufacturing, something GAMA board members and representatives explained when they were talking to legislators earlier this month during the largest ever GAMA Capitol Hill Day.”

Piston airplane shipments increased in the first quarter of 2017 to 203 compared to 2016, a 6.3 percent increase. Business jet shipments also increased by 6.6 percent to 130 units. The turbine rotorcraft segment increased by 11.2 percent from 116 units in first quarter 2016 to 129 units in first quarter 2017. Turboprop airplane deliveries, however, declined by 7.3 percent compared to 2016 to 101 unit deliveries. Piston rotorcraft also slowed from 60 units in 2016 to 54 units in 2017.

First Quarter Shipments of Airplanes
2016 2017 Change
Piston Airplanes 191 203 +6.3
Turboprops 109 101 -7.3%
Business Jets 122 130 +6.6%
Total Airplane Shipments 422 434 +2.8
Total Airplane Billings $4.0B $3.6B -10.9%

First Quarter Shipments of Rotorcraft
2016 2017 Change
Piston Rotorcraft 60 54 -10.0%
Turbine Rotorcraft 116 129 +11.2%
Total Rotorcraft Shipments 176 183 +4.0%
Total Rotorcraft Billings $0.6B $0.6B -12.3%


“General aviation has been and remains a critical economic engine for our country,” continued Bunce. “It is an essential part of the national transportation system, and the Federal Aviation Administration plays a key role in certifying aircraft, engines and avionics. But if the process for certification is not at its most efficient, products are prevented from reaching the market in a timely fashion. Congress has an opportunity to change that, removing these unnecessary roadblocks to a safer, more efficient aviation industry through certification and regulatory reform. Congress must take decisive steps to pass certification reform this year.”

View the full first quarter report.

For additional information, please contact Sarah McCann, GAMA Director of Communications, at +1 (202) 637-1375 or

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. For more information, visit GAMA’s website at

Communications Director:
Andre Castro:
General Aviation Manufacturers Association
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.