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GAMA Publishes 2018 Second Quarter Shipments and Billings Data

GAMA NEWS 18-42 For Immediate Release: Aug 6, 2018




GAMA Director of Communications:
Sarah McCann

Released: August/6/2018General Aviation
Manufacturers Association
Headquarters: (+1) 202-393-1500
European Office: (+32) 2 550-3900

GAMA Publishes 2018 Second Quarter Shipments and Billings Data

Washington, DC — The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) today published its 2018 second quarter shipments and billings report for the global general and business aviation industry. The total number of aircraft delivered was up, while overall billings were down.

“Though this quarter’s results are mixed, we are glad to see that demands for training aircraft are driving increase in the piston and rotorcraft segments,” said GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce. “The Boeing 2018 Pilot and Technician Outlook shows the demand for pilots, technicians and other aviation industry professionals is at an all-time high.”

Piston rotorcraft deliveries continued to strengthen from 125 in the first six months of 2017, to 149 in 2018. Turbine rotorcraft shipments also increased from 338 to 345, a 2.1 percent increase.

“We hope the continued interest in training aircraft as well as in new, safety-enhancing products and technology our member companies are bringing to the market will continue to drive increases in future quarters, and drive increases in people joining the industry’s workforce,” continued Bunce. “This is something we conveyed on our innovation and safety technology tours at AirVenture to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Acting Administrator (FAA) and FAA staff, to members of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, to United Kingdom Members of Parliament, and to the Civil Aviation Administration of China Director General of Airworthiness and Certification.”

Piston airplane deliveries increased by 6.4 percent to 498 units year-to-date in 2018. Turboprop deliveries increased as well, from 237 units in 2017 to 260 units in 2018. Business jet deliveries were flat at 296 units in the first six months of 2018.

Airplanes 2017 2018 Change
Piston Airplanes 468 498 +6.4%
Turboprop Airplanes 237 260 +9.7%
Business Jets 296 296 0.0%
Total Airplane Shipments 1,001 1,054 +5.3%
Total Airplane Billings $9.03B $8.58B -5.0%
Rotorcraft 2017 2018 Change
Piston Rotorcraft 125 149 +19.2%
Turbine Rotorcraft 338 345 +2.1%
Total Rotorcraft Shipments 463 494 +6.7%
Total Rotorcraft Billings $1.88B $1.66B -11.6%

View the complete second 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.