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GAMA Publishes 2018 Third Quarter Shipments and Billings Report

GAMA NEWS 18-61 For Immediate Release: Nov 14, 2018




GAMA Director of Communications:
Sarah McCann

Released: November/14/2018General Aviation
Manufacturers Association
Headquarters: (+1) 202-393-1500
European Office: (+32) 2 550-3900

GAMA Publishes 2018 Third Quarter Shipments and Billings Report

Washington, DC –– The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) today published its 2018 third quarter aircraft shipments and billings report. The overall delivery of airplanes and rotorcraft increased in the first nine months compared to the same time period in 2017, but with some mixed performance within the types. Total billings compared to the same period in 2017 decreased.

“This is one of those few times since the great recession that we have seen all segments up in shipment numbers,” said GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce. “While there remain some soft spots in a few segments, including business jet deliveries and impacts being felt from global trade disputes, I’m optimistic about our industry’s performance in 2019 given continuing healthy demand for tax expensing, stabilization of the used market, and the number of new products being introduced to the market place.”

Piston rotorcraft deliveries increased by 15.8 percent to 220 units. Turbine rotorcraft shipments increased by 8.3 percent to 510 unit deliveries. Piston airplane deliveries increased by 8.3 percent to 784 units. Shipments of turboprops improved by 5.6 percent from 374 to 395 airplanes. Business jet shipments increased from 433 to 446 deliveries.

Shipment of Aircraft First Nine Months

Airplanes 2017 2018 Change
Piston Airplanes 724 784 +8.3%
Turboprop Airplanes 374 395 +5.6%
Business Jets 433 446 +3.0%
Total Airplane Shipments 1,531 1,625 +6.1%
Total Airplane Billings $13.1B $12.7B -3.1%
Rotorcraft 2017 2018 Change
Piston Rotorcraft 190 220 +15.8%
Turbine Rotorcraft 471 510 +8.3%
Total Rotorcraft Shipments 661 730 +10.4%
Total Rotorcraft Billings $2.7B $2.6B -2.2%

View the complete report.

For additional information, please contact Sarah McCann, GAMA Director of Communications, at +1 (315) 796-1560 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.