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GAMA reports that 2013 was the best year for aircraft manufacturers since 2008

February 21, 2014, 02:16 pm

Business jets share of revenue increases for 2013 were the majority of the increase however there are signs of progress in piston and turboprop aircraft also. Single-engine piston deliveries increased 5 percent, multiengine piston deliveries climbed 12 percent, and turboprop deliveries increased 11 percent according to GAMA.

Gulfstream Aerospace was $7.4 billion in total sales for 2013, an 81-percent increase.

Beechcraft Corp had a 52-percent increase in airframe deliveries across the King Air model line. Beechcraft saw an even larger percentage increase in its Bonanza and Baron piston lines, with 70 of those models (35 of each) delivered in 2013, a 94-percent increase.

Piper Aircraft had nearly a 19-percent increase in deliveries and a 13-percent increase in billings after having a successful 2012 as well.

Cirrus Aircraft had a 9-percent increase in airframe deliveries and a 30-percent increase in billings for 2013.

Cessna Aircraft had soft jet sales and the company saw piston aircraft deliveries slip from 283 to 206 between 2012 and 2013. Cessna’s turboprop sales held nearly steady, down from 107 deliveries to 105.

GAMA CEO Pete Bunce commented on recent legislative successes including the Small Airplane Revitalization Act which requires the FAA to reform and streamline the Part 23 regulations governing aircraft certification.

MBAA, GAMA and AOPA and other organizations are working with the FAA and national aviation authorities toward global certification standards and regulations.

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