GAMA: Industry recovering, still trails pre-pandemic activity

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) issued its latest quarterly report of new aircraft shipments on September 1, covering deliveries through the first six months of 2021.

Cirrus Aircraft delivered the most of any single model of aircraft, with 96 Cirrus SR22Ts shipped in the first six months of 2021. Image courtesy of Cirrus Aircraft.

GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce said of the report that the industry continues to progress in its recovery efforts, but that “we still trail when compared to how the industry was faring before the onset of the pandemic. Efforts to address ongoing supply chain issues, strengthen our workforce and enhance environmental sustainability will continue to be at the forefront as interest and demand for aircraft remains robust.”

According to the report, when compared to the first six months of 2020, piston airplane deliveries increased 12.3 percent, with 565 units shipped. Turboprop shipments increased 45.4 percent, with 221 airplanes delivered. Business jets increased by 8.2 percent, with 264 deliveries.

The total value of airplanes shipped through the second quarter of 2021 was $8.6 billion, an increase of approximately 9.4 percent over the same period last year.

Year-on-year six-month turbine helicopter deliveries increased 33 percent, with 258 new helicopters shipped, and piston helicopters increased by 31.7 percent, with 83 deliveries.

Thomas A. Horne

Thomas A. Horne

AOPA Pilot Editor at Large
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.
Topics: Financial, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Aviation Industry

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