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Welcome to the General Aviation/Business Aviation Information & Data Section on AeroWeb. General aviation is defined as all aviation other than military and scheduled commercial air transport.

This section covers global and U.S. sales and shipments of general aviation aircraft (excl. helicopters) as well as sales by company, aircraft models, and general aviation aircraft fleets.

2018 Aircraft Production Highlights:
No. of Aircraft Sold - World/US: 2,443/1,746
Global Revenues: $20.56 billion
Industry Leader: Cessna - Textron (473 units)
Bestseller: Cirrus SR22T (180 delivered)

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General Aviation Aircraft
General Aviation Industry Performance 2017-2018: World Shipments U.S. Shipments World Revenues Leader Top Model
+5.1% +9.2% +1.8% CESSNA Cirrus SR22T
General Aviation Industry Performance 2016-2017: World Shipments U.S. Shipments World Revenues Leader Top Model
+2.6% +4.4% -4.2% CESSNA Cirrus SR22T

General Aviation Aircraft Production Data



Jun. 4, 2019 Q1 19: World General Aviation Aircraft Shipments Up 15%
Feb. 26, 2019 Q4 18: 2018 World General Aviation Aircraft Shipments Up 5%
Nov. 26, 2018 Q3 18: World General Aviation Aircraft Shipments Up 7%
Aug 29, 2018 Q2 18: World General Aviation Aircraft Shipments Up 7%
May 21, 2018 Q1-18: World General Aviation Aircraft Shipments Up 3%

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5-Year General Aviation Aircraft Overview

General Aviation Market Data, Trends, and Stats | 2000-2018

As of 2019, there are more than 446,000 general aviation aircraft in the worldwide fleet, ranging from small training aircraft and helicopters to intercontinental business jets. About 213,000 of these, or 48%, are based in the United States. There are more than 5,000 public airports in the U.S. vs. fewer than 400 airports served by commercial airlines.

According to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), the general aviation industry contributes more than $219 billion to the U.S. economy annually and employs more than 1.1 million people. In the U.S., every year, general aviation aircraft log almost 25 million flight hours. Over two-thirds of this traffic is for business purposes.

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2018 Shipments and Sales Data - Following Below

GAMA: Latest Q1 2019 Production and Sales Data [PDF]

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Top Aircraft Manufacturers and Most Popular Models

U.S. Aircraft Fleet Data and Forecast 2000-2039

U.S. General Aviation Aircraft Exports

U.S. and Global Deliveries of General Aviation Aircraft

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The recession from December 2007 to June 2009 had a massive impact on the general aviation (GA) aircraft manufacturing industry. In 2010, however, the downward trend stopped and the number of aircraft delivered increased by 4.8% worldwide from 2,023 in 2010 to 2,120 in 2011. In 2017, worldwide deliveries increased to 2,325 aircraft (up 2.6%), while the U.S. output was 1,599 aircraft (up 4.4%). In 2018, worldwide deliveries increased to 2,443 aircraft (up 5.1%), while the U.S. output was 1,746 aircraft (up 9.2%).



Due to the fallout of the financial crisis and 2007-09 recession, deliveries of business jets and piston-engine aircraft collapsed and are, as of 2017, not even close to their 2007 peak levels. From 2007-2010, global shipments of GA aircraft dropped a staggering 52.8% from 4,276 aircraft in 2007 to 2,020 in 2010. In the United States, manufacturers experienced a 59.3% drop in shipments from 3,279 to 1,334 units.

An important reason why deliveries of general aviation aircraft are still way below their 2007 peak levels, both worldwide and in the U.S., is that the price per aircraft has nearly doubled. The average price of a piston-engine aircraft which is the most common type, has more than doubled from $328,000 in 2007 to 834,000 today. This increase is keeping many would be buyers out of the market. Also, the average price of a business jet is up from $12.5 million to $20.6 million over the same period, peaking at $27.7 million in 2013. At the same time, the average price of a turboprop aircraft has declined from $3.5 million to $2.6 million, resulting in a surge in sales of this type.



Source: General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) data. Commentary and analysis by Forecast International and AeroWeb.

U.S. and Global Business Aviation Aircraft Production from 2000 to 2016, 2017 and 2018

Revenue from General Aviation Aircraft Delivered

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General aviation (GA) aircraft manufacturers have experienced a relatively modest drop in revenues relative to the massive drop in units shipped.



From 2008-2012, revenues from the worldwide production of GA aircraft decreased 23.7% from $24.77 billion to $18.89 billion. In the United States, manufacturers experienced a much larger 39.9% drop in revenues from $13.35 billion in 2008 to $8.02 billion in 2012. In 2013, revenues soared both in the U.S. (+38.1%) and worldwide (+24.1%). In 2017, revenues were down 4.2% worldwide and down as much as 8.0% in the U.S. In 2018, revenues were up 1.8% worldwide but up an impressive 9.0% in the U.S.



Relative to the major decrease in shipments, revenues have not declined nearly as much. The average price of a U.S. built business jet has almost doubled since 2008, and between 2008 and 2013, prices went up a staggering 133% on average. This is discussed in the chart following below.



Business jets make up the vast majority of U.S. and worldwide sales revenues, accounting for 84% and 87% of 2018 shipment values, respectively. Piston-engine aircraft account for only 4% of worldwide revenues and 6% in the U.S.



Source: General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) data. Commentary and analysis by Forecast International and AeroWeb.

U.S. and Global Business Aviation Aircraft Production from 2000 to 2016, 2017 and 2018

Average GA Aircraft Price - U.S. and Global

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General aviation (GA) aircraft manufacturers have raised their prices dramatically to make up for declining sales volumes. Clearly manufacturers are aware that, at low levels of demand, a private aircraft is a very price inelastic type of product - thus prices can be raised without demand falling nearly as much.



From 2007-2010, the average price of a GA aircraft (worldwide) almost doubled from $5.1 million to $9.8 million (+91%). U.S. manufacturers also raised their prices, although by "only" 64% ($3.6 million in 2007 to $5.9 million in 2010).



Prices went up every year from 2003/2004 - peaking in 2010. In 2011, worldwide general aviation aircraft prices dropped 8.0% followed by a 1.5% decrease in 2012. In 2018, the average aircraft price was $8.4 million - down 3.1% from 2017).



Source: General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) data. Commentary and analysis by Forecast International and AeroWeb.

Average price per aircraft from 2000 to 2016, 2017 and 2018

Global GA Aircraft Deliveries by Type of Aircraft

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Piston-engine aircraft are the most frequently sold general aviation aircraft worldwide followed by business jets and turboprops. In 2018, of the 2,443 aircraft delivered worldwide, 1,139 (47%) were piston-powered, 703 (29%) were jets, and 601 (24%) were turboprops. In 2017, of the 2,325 aircraft delivered worldwide, 1,085 (47%) were piston-powered, 677 (29%) were jets, and 563 (24%) were turboprops.

In 2018, shipments of all types of aircraft were up. Turboprop deliveries were up 6.7% followed by piston-powered aircraft (+5.0%), and business jets (+3.8%).






Source: General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) data. Commentary and analysis by Forecast International and AeroWeb.

Worldwide Shipments of General Aviation Aircraft by Type from 2000 to 2016, 2017 and 2018

U.S. GA Aircraft Deliveries by Type of Aircraft

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In the United States, piston-engine aircraft deliveries surpass shipments of jets and turboprops. In 2018, out of 1,746 aircraft delivered, 829 (47%) were piston-powered, 473 (27%) were jets, and 444 (25%) were turboprops. In 2017, out of 1,599 aircraft delivered, 786 (49%) were piston-powered, 404 (25%) were jets, and 409 (26%) were turboprops.

In 2011, shipments of turboprop aircraft soared 76.3% and a new industry trend emerged as the sale of turboprop aircraft for the first time surpassed the sale of business jets. From 2014 to 2017, shipments of turboprop aircraft dropped 22% but remained slightly ahead of business jets. In 2018, business jet shipments surged 17% to 473 units and surpassed turboprop deliveries (444) for the first time since 2011.

In 2018, turboprop deliveries were up 8.6% with piston-engine aircraft shipments up 5.5%.



Source: General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) data. Commentary and analysis by Forecast International and AeroWeb.

U.S. Shipments of General Aviation Aircraft from 2000 to 2016, 2017 and 2018

U.S. General Aviation Aircraft Exports

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From 2008 to 2011, U.S. general aviation aircraft exports fell dramatically from 1,161 to 486 aircraft or a staggering 58.1% drop.

In 2012, exports jumped to 720 aircraft (+48.1%), regaining the terrain lost in 2011.

More recently, after a few relatively flat years, in 2015, exports plummeted to 524 aircraft down from 696 aircraft in 2014 (-24.7%). In 2016, exports declined further to 453 aircraft (-13.5% from 2015) In 2017, exports surged back up to 541 units (+19.4%) followed by another substantial increase to 680 aircraft (+25.7%) in 2018.





Source: General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) data. Commentary and analysis by Forecast International and AeroWeb.

U.S. Exports of Business Aviation Aircraft from 2000 to 2016, 2017 and 2018

Major Aircraft Manufacturers and Best-Selling Aircraft Models | 2017 and 2016

Top-15 General Aviation Aircraft Manufacturers

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In 2018, with 473 deliveries (487 in 2017), Cessna (Textron Aviation) was the largest general aviation aircraft manufacturer by no. of aircraft delivered. In second place, we have Cirrus Aircraft with 443 aircraft shipped up from 377 in 2017. Piper and TECNAM Aircraft come in as #3 and #4 with 229 and 180 aircraft delivered in 2018, respectively, up from 171 and 155 units shipped in 2017. In 5th place, Air Tractor delivered 141 aircraft.

Gulfstream, the largest manufacturer by sales values, takes 9th place with 121 jets delivered in 2018, up from 120 in 2017.

In 2017, with 487 deliveries (479 in 2016), Cessna (Textron Aviation) was the largest general aviation aircraft manufacturer by no. of aircraft delivered. In second place, we have Cirrus Aircraft with 377 aircraft shipped up from 320 in 2016. TECNAM Aircraft and Piper come in as #3 and #4 with 171 and 155 aircraft delivered in 2017, respectively. In 5th place, Bombardier delivered 138 aircraft - down from 162 in 2016 (-14.8%).

Following a steep decline in shipments in 2016, Gulfstream (in 9th place) was unable to regain the lost ground and delivered 120 jets in 2017 - one fewer than in 2016.

When general aviation aircraft manufacturers are ranked by revenues, other companies, namely the business jet manufacturers, are in the lead. Gulfstream, #9 by units sold, has the highest revenue with total 2018 sales of $6.78 billion. Gulfstream is the world's largest general aviation aircraft manufacturer by revenue for the sixth consecutive year. In second place, we have Bombardier (the #1 in 2012) with sales of $5.07 billion. Textron Aviation (Cessna + Beechcraft), the overall leader by units sold, is in 3rd place with $3.16 billion. Dassault, a company not even in the top 10 by units sold, takes 4th place with 2018 sales of $1.98 billion, followed by Brazil's Embraer in 5th place with $1.08 billion.



Data does not include Airbus and Boeing sales of narrow-body and wide-body jets for general aviation use.

Top General Aviation Aircraft Manufacturers in 2018
Top General Aviation Aircraft Manufacturers in 2017
Top General Aviation Aircraft Manufacturers by Sales Revenues in 2018 and 2017

Top-15 Best-Selling General Aviation Aircraft Models

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In 2018, the Cirrus SR22T (piston) was the best selling fixed-wing general aviation aircraft with 180 units delivered (up from 174 in 2017). In second place, we have Cirrus' SR22 (same as SR22T but not turbocharged) with 135 units shipped (unchanged from 2017). After being in the lead back in 2015, the Cessna CE-172S Skyhawk SP (piston) is now in third place with 129 shipments - same as in 2017. Piper Aircraft's PA-28-181 Archer III (piston) takes 4th place with 107 deliveries, up from 72 in 2017. Gulfstream takes 5th place with 92 deliveries of their largest business jet variants (mainly the G650 and G650ER), followed by the Pilatus PC-12 turboprop (80 shipped), the Cirrus SR20 (piston - 65 delivered), the ASTM - LSA (piston) from TECNAM Aircraft (72), the Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet (63), Bombardier Challenger 350 (jet - 60), Cessna's CE-680A Citation Latitude (jet - 57), Embraer Phenom 300 (jet - 53), the Beechcraft King Air 350i/ER (turboprop - 52), and the Diamond DA42 (piston - 50).

In 2017, the Cirrus SR22T (piston) was the best selling fixed-wing general aviation aircraft with 174 units delivered (up from 149 in 2016). In second place, we have Cirrus' SR22 (same as SR22T but not turbocharged) with 135 units shipped (up from 133 in 2016). The Cessna CE-172S Skyhawk SP (piston) follows in third place with 129 shipments - up from 100 in 2016. Gulfstream takes 4th place with 90 deliveries of their largest business jet variants (mainly the G650 and G650ER), followed by the Pilatus PC-12 turboprop (85 shipped), the PA-28-181 Archer III (piston) from Piper Aircraft (72), the ASTM - LSA (piston) from TECNAM Aircraft (72), the Diamond DA40 (piston - 60), the Cessna CE-208B Grand Caravan EX (turboprop - 59), Bombardier Challenger 350 (jet - 56), Embraer Phenom 300 (jet - 54) and Cessna's CE-680A Citation Latitude (jet - 54).

Top General Aviation Aircraft Models in 2018
Top General Aviation Aircraft Models in 2017

Size of the U.S. General Aviation Aircraft Fleet Size and Forecast | 2000-2018 & 2019-2039

No. of Aircraft in the U.S. General Aviation Inventory

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As a result of the 2007-2009 recession and changing market dynamics such as higher aircraft prices, the U.S. general aviation aircraft inventory has declined from 231,606 aircraft in 2007 to 212,885 at the end of 2018, equal to an 8.1% decrease.







Source: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Size of the U.S. General Aviation Aircraft Fleet from 2000 to 2018

Forecast for the Future Size of the U.S. GA Aircraft Fleet

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In their annual aerospace forecast, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) estimates that the U.S. general aviation aircraft fleet will decline from 213,375 aircraft in 2019 (projection) to 211,800 aircraft by 2039. This is equal to an average annual rate of growth (CAGR) of -0.04%.








Source: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

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