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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.

2017 Aircraft Production Highlights:
No. of Aircraft Sold - World/US: 2,324/1,596
Global Revenues: $20.20 billion
Industry Leader: Cessna - Textron (487 units)
Bestseller: Cirrus SR22T (174 delivered)

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General Aviation Aircraft
General Aviation Industry Performance 2016-2017: World Shipments U.S. Shipments World Revenues Leader Top Model
+2.5% +4.2% -4.2% CESSNA Cirrus SR22T
General Aviation Industry Performance 2015-2016: World Shipments U.S. Shipments World Revenues Leader Top Model
-2.7% -3.8% -12.6% CESSNA Cirrus SR22T

General Aviation Aircraft Production Data



Aug 29, 2017 Q2 18: World General Aviation Aircraft Shipments Up 7%
May 21, 2017 Q1-18: World General Aviation Aircraft Shipments Up 3%
Mar. 21, 2018 Q4-17: World General Aviation Aircraft Shipments Up 5% in 2017 – Revenues Slip
Nov. 30, 2017 Q3 17: Status Quo for World General Aviation Aircraft Deliveries
Aug. 24, 2017 Q2 17: GA Aircraft Deliveries Increase as Revenues Slump at Gulfstream, Bombardier

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5-Year General Aviation Aircraft Overview

General Aviation Market Data, Trends, and Stats | 2000-2017

As of 2018, 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 211,000 of these, or 47%, 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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2017 Shipments and Sales Data - Following Below

GAMA: Latest Q2 2018 Production and Sales Data [PDF]

FAA: General Aviation Data 2018-2038 [XLS]
Top Aircraft Manufacturers and Most Popular Models

U.S. Aircraft Fleet Data and Forecast 2000-2037

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 sold increased by 4.8% worldwide from 2,023 in 2010 to 2,120 in 2011. Shipments of aircraft manufactured in the U.S. increased 3.6% from 1,465 in 2011 to 1,518 in 2012. In 2017, worldwide production increased to 2,324 aircraft (up 4.3%), while the U.S. output was 1,596 aircraft (up 2.5%). In 2016, worldwide production declined to 2,268 aircraft (down 2.7%), while the U.S. output was 1,531 aircraft (down 3.8%).



Due to the fallout of the financial crisis and 2007-09 recession, sales of business jets and piston-engine aircraft collapsed and are, as of 2017, not even close to their 2007 peak levels. From 2007-2010, the global production 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 production 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 doubled. The average price of a piston-engine aircraft which is the most common type, has soared from $328,000 in 2007 to 662,000 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 $26.6 million over the same period. At the same time, the average price of turboprops has declined from $3.5 million to $2.6 million, resulting in higher sales of this type of aircraft.



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 2015, 2016 and 2017

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 2016, revenues were down considerably worldwide (-12.6%) but less in the U.S. (-3.5%). In 2017, revenues were down 4.2% worldwide and down as much as 8.5% in the U.S.



Relative to the major decrease in shipments, revenues have not declined nearly as much. Manufacturers in the U.S. have more than doubled the unit price of business jets since 2008. 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 85% and 89% of 2017 sales, respectively. Piston-engine aircraft account for only 4% of worldwide revenues and 5% 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 2015, 2016 and 2017

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 2017, the average aircraft price was $8.7 million - down 6.6% from 2016).



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

Average price per aircraft from 2000 to 2015, 2016 and 2017

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 2017, of the 2,324 aircraft delivered worldwide, 1,085 (47%) were piston-powered, 676 (29%) were jets, and 563 (24%) were turboprops. In 2016, of the 2,262 aircraft delivered worldwide, 1,019 (45%) were piston-powered, 667 (29%) were jets, and 582 (26%) were turboprops.

In 2017, shipments of both piston-powered aircraft (+6.5%) and business jets (+1.3%) increased, while turboprop deliveries were down 3.3%.






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 2015, 2016 and 2017

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 2017, out of 1,596 aircraft delivered, 786 (49%) were piston-powered, 401 (25%) were jets, and 409 (26%) were turboprops. In 2016, out of 1,531 aircraft delivered, 718 (47%) were piston-powered, 402 (26%) were jets, and 411 (27%) 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 are still slightly ahead of business jets.

In 2017, business jet shipments were down 0.2%, while piston-engine aircraft deliveries increased sharply (+9.5%).



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 2015, 2016 and 2017

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%).






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 2015, 2016 and 2017

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

Top-15 General Aviation Aircraft Manufacturers

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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.

In 2016, with 479 deliveries (539 in 2015), Cessna (Textron Aviation) had a weak year but still sold more general aviation aircraft than any other company. In second place, we have Cirrus Aircraft with 320 aircraft delivered up from 301 in 2015. TECNAM Aircraft and Bombardier come in as #3 and #4 with 191 and 162 aircraft delivered in 2016, respectively. In 5th place, Beechcraft (part of Textron Aviation) delivered 151 aircraft - down from 158 in 2015.

In 2016, Gulfstream (in 8th place) experienced a substantial drop in shipments and delivered 33 aircraft fewer in 2015 (121 vs. 154).

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 2017 sales of $6.56 billion. Gulfstream is the world's largest general aviation aircraft manufacturer by revenue for the fifth consecutive year. In second place, we have Bombardier (the #1 in 2012) with sales of $5.14 billion. Textron Aviation (Cessna + Beechcraft), the overall leader by units sold, is in 3rd place with $2.87 billion. Dassault, a company not even in the top 10 by units sold, takes 4th place with 2015 sales of $2.42 billion followed by Brazil's Embraer ($1.35 billion).



Data does not include revenues from the sale of wide-body aircraft such as the Airbus A330 and Boeing 787.

Top General Aviation Aircraft Manufacturers in 2017
Top General Aviation Aircraft Manufacturers in 2016
Top General Aviation Aircraft Manufacturers by Sales Revenues in 2017 and 2016

Top-15 Best-Selling General Aviation Aircraft Models

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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). After being in the lead in 2015, the Cessna CE-172S Skyhawk SP (piston) is now in third place with 129 shipments - up from 100 in 2016. Gulfstream takes 4th place with 90 deliveries of their largest business jets (mainly the G650 and G650ER), followed by the Pilatus PC-12 turboprop (85 shipped), the ASTM - LSA (piston) from TECNAM Aircraft (72), the Diamond DA40 (60), the Cessna CE-208B Grand Caravan EX turboprop (59), Bombardier Challenger 350 (56), Embraer Phenom 300 (54) and Cessna's CE-680A Citation Latitude (54).

In 2017, outside of the Top-15, deliveries of the HA-420 HondaJet almost doubled from 23 to 43 aircraft. In the Top-15, the highest growth was from sales of Cirrus SR20s - up 31.4% from 35 to 46 aircraft.

In 2016, the best selling fixed-wing general aviation aircraft was the Cirrus SR22T (piston) with 149 units delivered - up from 142 in 2015 or +4.9%. Cirrus also takes 2nd place with the SR22 (133 shipped in 2016 vs. 128 in 2015). In 3rd place, we have the Cessna CE-172S Skyhawk SP (piston - 100 shipped) followed by the Gulfstream G450/G550/G650 jets (94), and Pilatus PC-12 (turboprop - 91).

Deliveries of the Diamond DA40 and Cessna's CE-172S Skyhawk SP slumped in 2016. DA40 deliveries were down 44.0% from 2015 (42 vs. 75), while deliveries of the CE-172S Skyhawk were down 30.0% (100 vs. 143).

Top General Aviation Aircraft Models in 2017
Top General Aviation Aircraft Models in 2016

Size of the U.S. General Aviation Aircraft Fleet Size and Forecast | 2000-2017 & 2018-2038

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 213,050 at the end of 2017, equal to an 8.0% decrease.







Source: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Size of the U.S. General Aviation Aircraft Fleet from 2000 to 2017

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 grow from 213,905 aircraft in 2018 (projection) to 214,090 aircraft by 2038. This is equal to an average annual rate of growth (CAGR) of less than 0.1%.








Source: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

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