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Avionics sales growth an 'encouraging sign'Avionics sales growth an ‘encouraging sign’

Worldwide avionics sales for business and general aviation aircraft in the first three quarters of the year were up a “robust” 15.5 percent from the same period last year and totaled more than $2 billion, said the Aircraft Electronics Association.

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Retrofit and forward-fit markets each registered double-digit sales increases compared to the first nine months of 2017, AEA said upon releasing its third-quarter 2018 Avionics Market Report.

The two avionics market segments registered respective 14.7-percent and 16.6-percent sales growth. The retrofit market refers to avionics equipment installed after original production, and the forward-fit market includes avionics equipment installed by airframe manufacturers during original production.

"With robust growth in sales during the first nine months of the year, industry is on pace to produce the largest dollar amount of year-end avionics sales since the reporting process began back in 2012," said AEA President Paula Derks. "We have now seen seven-straight quarters of positive year-over-year sales growth dating back to the end of 2016, and it's an encouraging sign for the industry that sales are strong in both the forward-fit and retrofit markets."

The report noted that of the 24 companies participating in the 2018 third-quarter report, those that separate their total sales figures between North America (U.S. and Canada) and other markets recorded 77.7 percent of the period’s sales in North America and 22.3 percent elsewhere.

The Lee’s Summit, Missouri-based AEA’s Avionics Market Report has presented the industry’s quarterly and annual sales since 2013 following the formation in 2012 of an ad-hoc committee to create a tool for avionics manufacturers to use in strategic planning and examining market share.

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Topics: Avionics, Aircraft Electronics Association, Aviation Industry

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