Bizcraft Deliveries Down in First Nine Months
The pace of the decline of general aviation aircraft deliveries slowed in the third quarter, according to statistics released yesterday by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Overall deliveries dropped by 9.8 percent during the first nine months versus the same period a year ago, while industry billings fell 10.2 percent, from $13.5 billion to $12.1 billion. Worldwide shipments of business jets eroded by 13 percent from 491 in the first nine months of last year to 427 this year, while the 223 turboprops handed over so far this year represented a nearly 6-percent drop-off from the 237 delivered last year. “These shipment and billings numbers show some improvement over the sharper decline experienced in the first half of 2011,” said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce, who used the occasion to call further attention to perceived political attacks on the industry. “Considering the fragility of the economies in the traditional markets of North America and Europe, this is not the time for new, undue government burdens to be imposed on general aviation,” he said.