The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) recently published the First Quarter 2022 General Aviation Aircraft Shipment and Billing Report. The aircraft manufacturing industry’s results for the first three months of 2022, when compared to the same period in 2021, point to increasing aircraft unit deliveries across each aircraft segment while the overall value of the aircraft shipments was slightly lower.
“It is reassuring to see aircraft deliveries continue to show strong progress as we emerge from impacts of the pandemic,” said GAMA President & CEO, Pete Bunce. “It is especially encouraging to see piston airplane deliveries continue their positive trajectory and exceed last year’s numbers as well as the first quarter numbers of 2020 and 2019. This report shows increasing light airplane deliveries from a number of companies that have leveraged the new CS/Part 23 airworthiness standards for both new aircraft models and upgrades. The upward trajectory in light airplane segment is attributable to the regulatory reforms undertaken by several regulatory bodies that enable new technology and new aircraft and entrants. We are optimistic that further implementation of these standards across global regulators will continue to advance safety while bringing new and exciting aircraft to the GA market.”
Turboprop airplane deliveries saw the largest percentage year-over-year increase at 31.0% with 110 units during the first quarter. When compared to the first quarter of 2021, piston airplane shipments increased 13.9% with 263 units while business jet shipments increased 4.4% with 118 units. Helicopter shipments continued to provide solid results when compared to the first quarter of 2021; turbine helicopter deliveries increased 6.5% with 98 units, and piston increased 8.3% with 39 units.
First Quarter Aircraft Shipments and Billings:
Aircraft Type 2021 2022 % Change
Piston Airplane 231 263 13.9%
Turboprops 84 110 31.0%
Business Jets 113 118 4.4%
Total Airplanes 428 491 14.7%
Total Airplane Billings $4.0B $3.7B -5.9%
Piston Helicopters 36 39 8.3%
Turbine Helicopters 92 98 6.5%
Total Helicopters 128 137 7.0%
Total Helicopter Billings $0.6B $0.5B -17.3%
*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 and the full report, visit GAMA’s website at www.GAMA.aero .