February 12, 2013 - The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) reported mixed sales and billings results for 2012 shipments during its annual State of the Industry gathering Tuesday in Washington, D.C.
For the first time the 2012 sales and billings report included data for rotorcraft and agricultural turboprops, which helped bolster overall results. GAMA's 88 members include aircraft, engine, avionics, and component manufacturers.
For the year, total airplane shipments increased 0.6 percent to 2,133 from 2,120. Leading the segment, turboprops rose 10.3 percent to 580 deliveries from 526, while pistons declined 1.9 percent to 881 units from 898, and jet shipments declined 3.4 percent from 696 to 672 units. Overall billings dipped 0.9 percent, from $19 billion to $18.9 billion.
Conversely, rotorcraft shipments rose overall 21.5 percent, with pistons at 22.4 percent (268 to 328), single-engine turbines 23.3 percent (407-502), and multiengine turbines 16.3 percent (184-214). This led to a 21 percent increase in billings, from $2.8 billion to $3.4 billion.
"The current economic challenges and changing market dynamics have broad implications for the industry," said GAMA President/CEO Pete Bunce. "That is why we have an aggressive agenda for 2013 that is aimed at increasing government effectiveness, advancing policies that strengthen general aviation, and raising general aviation safety levels worldwide."