GAMA: 3Q Deliveries Up, Names New Leadership
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released its third-quarter shipment and billings report today, and the news is good for the business aviation industry. Compared with the same quarter last year, total shipments rose 1.7 percent, to 2,909 aircraft, while industry billings climbed to $15.1 billion, an increase of 14.1 percent. That growth came in spite of a slump in piston aircraft deliveries, which dropped by 6 percent period-over-period. Sparked by the deliveries of 27 Eclipse 500s in the third quarter, business jets saw a jump of more than 20 percent, to 759 airplanes (131 more than last year), while the turboprop category logged 293 shipments, a 14.5-percent increase over its year-ago nine-month total of 256. Earlier, the association’s board of directors named its new leadership, with Cirrus Design CEO Alan Klapmeier as 2008 chairman and Jeppesen CEO Mark Van Tine as vice chairman. GAMA’s board also welcomed two new members: instrument maker Aero Mach Labs of Wichita, and Zurich-based completions and maintenance specialist Jet Aviation.