GAMA has released its report of general aviation aircraft shipments and billings through the third quarter of 2021. Turboprop, business jet and helicopter deliveries increased during the first nine months of 2021 as compared to the same period of 2020, while piston aircraft unit shipments were down slightly.
“The general aviation manufacturing industry has shown perseverance with continued growth, all while still navigating pandemic-related setbacks, including ongoing supply chain and workforce challenges," says president and CEO Pete Bunce. "Despite the constraints imposed by shortages of parts and people, our manufacturers and maintenance providers are working hard to meet the growing demand for both new and used aircraft, which we obviously welcome and embrace. Our members are also leading the way in new innovations and technologies, which will shape the future of aviation. The first nine months of 2021 have shown great progress, and we look forward to seeing how the year closes out.”
Aircraft shipments through the third quarter of 2021, when compared to the same period in 2020, saw piston aeroplane deliveries decrease by six units, with 895 aircraft; turboprop aircraft deliveries increased 40.6 per cent, with 357 units; and business jet deliveries increased 15.9 per cent, with 438 units. The value of aircraft deliveries through the third quarter of 2021 was $13.4 billion, an increase of approximately 13 per cent.
Turbine helicopter deliveries through the third quarter of 2021, when compared to the same period in 2020, saw an increase of 23.5 per cent, with 410 units; and piston helicopter deliveries saw an increase of 24.8 per cent, with 131 units.