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GAMA NEWS 11-20

For Immediate Release: 05-10-2011


General Aviation
Manufacturers Association

www.GAMA.aero
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European Office: (+32) 2 550-3900

GAMA Issues First Quarter Shipments, Pistons Show Positive Trend

WASHINGTON, DC, May 10, 2011 – Today, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released the industry’s shipment and billings figures for the first quarter.  In the first three months of 2011, total general aviation (GA) airplane shipments fell 4.6 percent, from 390 units in 2010 to 372 units this year. Billings for general aviation airplanes totaled $3.7 billion in the first three months, down nearly 20 percent. 

“This has been a very difficult year to date as a result of the slow economic recovery in North America and Europe,” said GAMA's President and CEO, Pete Bunce.  "Emerging market deliveries continue to help sustain the industry.  The bright spot in the first quarter is the piston segment.  This good news may be indicative of the start of a recovery in the traditional markets that we hope will accelerate with the 100 percent expensing tax provision in the U.S."

Piston-powered airplane shipments totaled 188 units compared to 166 units delivered in the first three months of 2010, a 13.3 percent increase. Turboprop shipments declined 6.7 percent to 56 units in 2011. Business jet shipments totaled 128 units, a 22 percent decrease over the 164 units delivered during this same period in 2010.

FIRST THREE MONTHS OF SHIPMENTS OF AIRPLANES MANUFACTURED WORLDWIDE
 
2010
2011
CHANGE
Pistons
166
188 
+13.3% 
Turboprops
 60 
56 
-6.7%
Business Jets
164 
128
-22.0%
Total Shipments 390
372
-4.6%
Total Billings $4.6B $3.7B -19.6%
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GAMA is an international trade association representing over 80 of the world's leading manufacturers of general aviation airplanes and rotorcraft, engines, avionics, components and related services. GAMA's members also operate repair stations, fixed based operations, pilot and maintenance training facilities and manage fleets of aircraft. For more information, visit GAMA's website at www.GAMA.aero.