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More fixed-wing, fewer helicopter deliveries
Fixed wing shipment and billings are up in Q1 2019, but rotorcraft figures show a slowdown year-on-year according to GAMA's latest report.

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has published its first quarter 2019 aircraft shipment and billings report. Results showed increases across the aircraft segments of the industry, but a slowdown in rotorcraft shipments compared to the first quarter of 2018.

“While our rotorcraft segment experienced some headwinds, our aircraft segment remains strong,” says GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce. “Statements by our member companies point to solid order intakes during the first quarter, laying down a positive marker for later in 2019.”

The piston aircraft market led the increase in deliveries at 248 units, a 24.0 per cent increase from the same period in 2018. Turboprop and business shipments also increased year-over-year, at 7.0 per cent and 6.8 per cent respectively. Piston rotorcraft shipments in the first quarter of 2019 were 66 units, compared to 77 units in 2018. There were 104 turbine rotorcraft shipments in the first quarter of 2019, compared to 134 in the first quarter last year.

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