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Helicopter shipments lead the way in the first quarter
The value of aircraft deliveries through the first quarter of 2023 was $3.7bn. Compared to 1Q22, piston deliveries were up 10.1 per cent, turboprops up 6.4 per cent and business jets were unchanged.

Aircraft unit deliveries across most aircraft segments have been increasing, while the overall value of the aircraft shipments was slightly lower for aeroplanes but increased for helicopters. So says The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) in its first quarter shipments and billings Report.

Aircraft shipments through the first quarter of 2023, when compared to the same period in 2022, saw piston aircraft deliveries increase 10.1 per cent with 294 units, turboprop deliveries increase 6.4 per cent with 117 units and business jet deliveries were flat with 117 units. The value of aircraft deliveries through the first quarter of 2023 was $3.7 billion.

Helicopter shipments were robust when compared to the first quarter of 2022; piston helicopter deliveries increased 40 per cent with 56 units, and turbine helicopter deliveries increased 53 per cent with 153 units.

“The continued health of general aviation manufacturing industry is encouraging, particularly in light of persistent supply chain, workforce and North American regulatory process challenges," says president and CEO Pete Bunce. "Our manufacturers are focused on meeting this thriving product demand with new aircraft that incorporate advanced technologies that further enhance safety and fuel performance. During this transformative time in aerospace, our manufacturers continually demonstrate that our sector is the technology incubator for safety and sustainability. This message was emphasised at EBACE in Geneva and will also be a focus at the Paris Airshow as we counter the short-sighted, irrational attacks directed upon business aviation in Europe. In stark contrast, emphasis on our demonstrated record of environmental sustainability leadership was very well received on Capitol Hill in early May when GAMA member company leaders participated in more than 125 meetings with US legislators. Other issues discussed with senators and representatives across the political spectrum included the immediate need for a confirmed FAA administrator, improved training for the young FAA workforce, strengthened bilateral engagement and timely passage of an FAA reauthorisation bill to provide clear, multi-year direction for the agency.”

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