At its 57th annual convention on Thursday, the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) announced that 2013 worldwide general aviation avionics sales reached a total of more than $2.4 billion. This is 6.9 percent higher than the comparable 2012 number. Of the $2.4 billion in sales generated last year, 54 percent were for forward-fit (new aircraft) and 46 percent for retrofit (aftermarket). “There are many signs for our market recovery,” said Paul Derks, AEA president.
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For Sikorsky, 2013 was a mixed bag, according to company president Mick Maurer, who gave his company’s year-end summary presentation yesterday at Heli-Expo. While the company reached a record backlog of more than $15 billion, it also recorded an 8-percent drop in sales, to $6.3 billion, the decrease driven largely by a drop-off in U.S. government orders on both the OEM side and the aftermarket segment last year.
CRS Jet Spares, a business aviation aftermarket parts supplier, has been authorized to be Securaplane’s sales and service center in Brazil. The authorization is an extension of the relationship the two companies have in the U.S.
The CRS base of operations in Fort Lauderdale makes it geographically desirable as a gateway for the South American market. CRS also plans to establish a facility in Brazil that will be a sales, logistics and service center supporting the aftermarket needs of Gulfstream, Challenger, Hawker, Falcon and Lear operators.