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GAMA Releases General Aviation Shipment Stats For 2015

by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington

29 February 2016


The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has released year-end general aviation (GA) aircraft shipment and billing numbers for 2015.

Business jet shipments were up 1.6 percent, from 644 units in 2014 to 654 units in 2015. Shipments of piston helicopters rose 8.6 percent, from 257 units in 2014 to 279 units in 2015.

However, for other aircraft there was a decline in shipments: rotorcraft shipments fell 4.4 percent and billings dipped 21.9 percent, from USD4.9bn to USD3.8bn. Shipments of piston-engine airplanes fell for the first time since 2010, down 6.5 percent, to 1,056 units in 2015. A similar pattern emerged for turboprop airplanes, with a 7.6 percent drop to 557 units, and turbine helicopter shipments fell from 741 units in 2014 to 675 units.

"The mixed 2015 year-end numbers among the various sectors reflect a market characterized by plummeting energy sector revenue, economic uncertainty, and currency fluctuations in key GA markets such as Brazil, Europe, Russia, and China," GAMA's President and CEO, Pete Bunce, said. "Given the relative strength of the North American GA market, it is particularly important that the US Congress [proceeds] quickly to pass an FAA reauthorization bill that contains certification streamlining and other regulatory reforms that allow manufacturers and repair/overhaul organizations to deliver products more efficiently and make the FAA workforce more productive."

"In fact, with both the US and Europe looking to revise the rules governing their leading safety authorities, we are at a unique moment that brings with it opportunities and challenges in areas such as leveraging resources, certification efficiency, and better regulation for GA," Bunce continued. "As a global association, GAMA will continue to work for more effective and efficient regulatory systems worldwide that improve safety and ensure manufacturers, repair and overhaul centers, and our supply chain can get their products into customers hands without delay."

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