The general aviation industry continued to feel the dampening effects of the global Covid pandemic in the third quarter with new airplane deliveries for the year down 12.6 percent over the same span in 2019, while billings at $11.9 billion were off by more than 20 percent, according to just-released statistics from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).
Though the piston-engined airplane segment has experienced somewhat of a rebound, actually exceeding its delivery total for the first three quarters of 2019 by 12 units, business jets and turboprops still lag their previous year tallies by 26.7 percent and 27 percent, respectively.
For the first three quarters of the year, rotorcraft deliveries were down by nearly 24 percent overall, with turbine-powered helicopters faring slightly better than their piston-powered brethren.
“This latest shipment report gives insight into how the industry is faring after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce. “While we are still trailing in comparison to last year’s figures due to a virus-impacted second quarter, it is encouraging to see deliveries in certain segments have rebounded. This is reflected in what aviators have witnessed over the past few months at GA airports on both sides of the Atlantic where flight activity is robust, particularly in the flight school arena.”