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Welcome to the General Aviation/Business Aviation Information & Data Section on AeroWeb. General aviation is defined as all aviation other than military and scheduled commercial air transport.

This section covers global and U.S. sales and shipments of general aviation aircraft (excl. helicopters) as well as sales by company, aircraft models, and general aviation aircraft fleets.

2020 Aircraft Production Highlights:
No. of Aircraft Sold - World/US: 2,408/1,555
Global Revenues: $20.05 billion
Industry Leader: Textron Aviation (559 units)
Bestseller: Cessna CE-172S Skyhawk SP (241 sold)

Private Jet
General Aviation Aircraft
General Aviation Industry Performance 2019-2020: World Shipments U.S. Shipments World Revenues Leader Top Model
-9.4% -12.2% -14.7% Textron Cessna Skyhawk
General Aviation Industry Performance 2018-2019: World Shipments U.S. Shipments World Revenues Leader Top Model
+8.9% +1.4% +14.4% Textron Cirrus SR22T
U.S. Plane Deliveries Worldwide Plane Deliveries Worldwide Revenues Avg. Aircraft Price Worldwide
5-Year General Aviation Aircraft Overview

General Aviation Market Data, Trends, and Stats | 2000-2020

As of 2020, there are more than 440,000 general aviation aircraft in the worldwide fleet, ranging from small training aircraft and helicopters to intercontinental business jets. About 205,000 of these are based in the United States.
There are more than 5,100 public airports in the U.S. vs.
fewer than 400 airports served by commercial airlines.

According to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), the general aviation industry contributes more than $247 billion to the U.S. economy annually and employs more than 1.2 million people. In the U.S., every year, general aviation aircraft log 25.5 million flight hours. Two-thirds of this traffic is for business purposes.

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2020 Shipments and Sales Data - Following Below

GAMA: Latest Q3 2021 Production and Sales Data [PDF]

FAA: General Aviation Data 2021-2041 [XLS]
Top Aircraft Manufacturers and Most Popular Models

U.S. Aircraft Fleet Data and Forecast 2000-2041

U.S. and Global Deliveries of General Aviation Aircraft

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The recession from December 2007 to June 2009 had a massive impact on the general aviation (GA) aircraft manufacturing industry. In 2010, however, the downward trend stopped and the number of aircraft delivered increased by 4.8% worldwide from 2,023 in 2010 to 2,120 in 2011. In 2019, worldwide deliveries increased to 2,658 aircraft (up 8.9%), while the U.S. output was 1,771 aircraft (up 1.4%). In 2020, however, due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, worldwide deliveries declined to 2,408 aircraft (down 9.4%), while the U.S. output dropped to 1,555 aircraft (down 12.2%).



Due to the fallout of the global financial crisis and 2007-09 recession, deliveries of business jets and piston-engine aircraft collapsed and are, as of 2020, not even close to their 2007 peak levels. From 2007-2010, global shipments of GA aircraft dropped a staggering 52.8% from 4,276 aircraft in 2007 to 2,020 in 2010. In the United States, manufacturers experienced a 59.3% drop in shipments from 3,279 to 1,334 units.

An important reason why deliveries of general aviation aircraft are still way below their 2007 peak levels, both worldwide and in the U.S., is that the price per aircraft has nearly doubled. The average price of a piston-engine aircraft which is the most common type, has more than doubled from $328,000 in 2007 to 581,000 today and was as high as $703,000 in 2016. Also, the average price of a business jet is up from $12.5 million to $24.8 million over the same period, peaking at $27.7 million in 2013. At the same time, the average price of a turboprop aircraft has declined from $3.5 million to $2.6 million, resulting in a surge in sales of this type from 2007-2013.



Source: General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) data. Commentary and analysis by Forecast International and AeroWeb.

U.S. and Global Business Aviation Aircraft Production from 2000 to 2018, 2019 and 2020

Revenue from General Aviation Aircraft Delivered

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General aviation (GA) aircraft manufacturers have experienced a relatively modest drop in revenues relative to the massive drop in units shipped.



From 2008-2012, revenues from the worldwide production of GA aircraft decreased 23.7% from $24.77 billion to $18.89 billion. In the United States, manufacturers experienced a much larger 39.9% drop in revenues from $13.35 billion in 2008 to $8.02 billion in 2012. In 2013, revenues soared both in the U.S. (+38.1%) and worldwide (+24.1%). From 2015-2017, revenues declined both worldwide and in the U.S. but turned around in 2018. The industry had a banner year in 2019 with revenues up as much as 14.4% worldwide and 18.9% in the U.S. In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the industry had a very difficult year and revenues were down by 14.8% worldwide and 17.4% in the U.S.



Relative to the major decrease in shipments since 2007, revenues have not declined nearly as much. The average price of a U.S. built business jet has almost doubled since 2007, and between 2008 and 2013, prices went up a staggering 133%, on avg. This is discussed in the chart following below.



With nearly 90% of U.S. and worldwide sales revenues, business jets dominate the market. Piston-engine aircraft dominate in terms of units sold but account for only about 5%
of U.S. and worldwide revenues.



Source: General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) data. Commentary and analysis by Forecast International and AeroWeb.

U.S. and Global Business Aviation Aircraft Production from 2000 to 2018, 2019 and 2020

Average GA Aircraft Price - U.S. and Global

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Since 2007, General aviation (GA) aircraft manufacturers have raised their prices dramatically to make up for declining sales volumes - although the average aircraft price has come down in recent years after peaking in 2015. Clearly manufacturers are aware that, at low levels of demand, a private aircraft is a very price inelastic type of product - thus prices can be raised without demand falling nearly as much.



From 2007-2010, the average price of a GA aircraft (worldwide) almost doubled from $5.1 million to $9.8 million (+91%). U.S. manufacturers also raised their prices, although by "only" 64% ($3.6 million in 2007 to $5.9 million in 2010).



Prices went up every year from 2003/2004 - peaking in 2010. In 2011, worldwide general aviation aircraft prices dropped 8.0% followed by a 1.5% decrease in 2012. Today, average prices are about where they were in 2012. In 2019, the average aircraft price was $8.8 million - up 5.0% from 2018).



Source: General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) data. Commentary and analysis by Forecast International and AeroWeb.

Average price per aircraft from 2000 to 2018, 2019 and 2020

Global GA Aircraft Deliveries by Type of Aircraft

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Piston-engine aircraft are the most frequently sold general aviation aircraft worldwide followed by business jets and turboprops. In 2020, of the 2,408 aircraft delivered worldwide, 1,321 (55%) were piston-powered, 644 (27%) were jets, and 443 (18%) were turboprops. In 2019, of the 2,658 aircraft delivered worldwide, 1,324 (50%) were piston-powered, 809 (30%) were jets, and 525 (20%) were turboprops.

In 2020, shipments of business jets and turboprops were down by 20.4% and 15.6%, respectively, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, piston-engine aircraft deliveries only declined 0.2%.





Source: General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) data. Commentary and analysis by Forecast International and AeroWeb.

Worldwide Shipments of General Aviation Aircraft by Type from 2000 to 2018, 2019 and 2020

U.S. GA Aircraft Deliveries by Type of Aircraft

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In the United States, in 2020, out of 1,555 aircraft delivered, 885 (57%) were piston-powered, 353 (23%) were jets, and 317 (20%) were turboprops. In 2019, out of 1,771 aircraft delivered, 883 (50%) were piston-powered, 503 (28%) were jets, and 385 (22%) were turboprops.

In 2011, shipments of turboprop aircraft soared 76.3% and a new industry trend thereby emerged as the sale of turboprop aircraft for the first time surpassed the sale of business jets. From 2014 to 2017, shipments of turboprop aircraft dropped 22% but remained slightly ahead of business jets. In 2018, business jet shipments surged 17% to 473 units and surpassed turboprop deliveries (444) for the first time since 2011.

In 2020, business jet shipments were down a staggering 29.8%, while turboprop deliveries were down 17.7%. Piston-engine aircraft shipments, however, were up by 0.2%.



Source: General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) data. Commentary and analysis by Forecast International and AeroWeb.

U.S. Shipments of General Aviation Aircraft from 2000 to 2018, 2019 and 2020

Major Aircraft Manufacturers and Best-Selling Aircraft Models | 2020 and 2019

Top-15 General Aviation Aircraft Manufacturers

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In 2020, with 559 deliveries (600 in 2019), Textron Aviation was the largest general aviation aircraft manufacturer by no. of airplanes delivered. In second place, we have Cirrus Aircraft with 420 aircraft shipped down from 465 in 2018. Piper and Diamond come in as #3 and #4 with 244 and 239 aircraft delivered in 2020, respectively, compared to 290 and 233 units shipped in 2018. In 5th place, TECNAM delivered 154 aircraft.

Gulfstream, the largest manufacturer by sales values, takes 6th place with 127 jets delivered in 2020, down from 147 in 2019.

In 2019, with 600 deliveries (601 in 2018), Textron Aviation was the largest general aviation aircraft manufacturer by no. of aircraft delivered. In second place, we have Cirrus Aircraft with 465 aircraft shipped up from 443 in 2018. Piper and Diamond come in as #3 and #4 with 290 and 233 aircraft delivered in 2019, respectively, up from 229 and 134 units shipped in 2018. In 5th place, TECNAM delivered 205 aircraft.

Gulfstream, the largest manufacturer by sales values, takes 6th place with 147 jets delivered in 2018, up from 121 in 2018.

When general aviation aircraft manufacturers are ranked by revenues, other companies, namely the business jet manufacturers, are in the lead. Gulfstream, #6 by units sold, has the highest revenue with total 2020 sales of $6.73 billion. Gulfstream is the world's largest general aviation aircraft manufacturer by revenue for the 8th consecutive year. In second place, we have Bombardier (the #1 in 2012) with sales of $5.31 billion. Textron Aviation (Cessna + Beechcraft), the overall leader by units sold, is in 3rd place with $2.56 billion. Dassault, a company not even in the top 10 by units sold, takes 4th place with 2020 sales of $1.60 billion, followed by Brazil's Embraer in 5th place with $1.10 billion. Thanks to the launch of their PC-24 light business jet, Swiss manufacturer Pilatus has closed much of the gap in revenues up to the long-standing top-5 market leaders. The same is the case for Cirrus Aircraft and their SF50 very-light jet. Also of note is French manufacturer Daher's 2019 acquisition of Quest Aircraft, which is based in Sandpoint, Idaho.



Data does not include Airbus and Boeing sales of narrow-body and wide-body jets for general aviation use.

Top General Aviation Aircraft Manufacturers in 2020
Top General Aviation Aircraft Manufacturers in 2019
Top General Aviation Aircraft Manufacturers by Sales Revenues in 2018 and 2017

Top-15 Best-Selling General Aviation Aircraft Models

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In 2020, the Cessna CE-172S Skyhawk SP (piston) made a massive comeback and was the best selling fixed-wing general aviation aircraft with 241 units delivered, up from just 126 in 2019. Last time the Skyhawk took the deliveries crown was in 2015. In second place, we have the Cirrus SR22T (piston) with 184 units delivered, down from 200 in 2019. The SR22T was the best-selling model every year from 2016 through 2019. In third place, follows Piper Aircraft's PA-28-181 Archer III (piston) with 149 deliveries, down from 182 in 2019. Diamond Aircraft's DA40 (piston) takes 4th place with 143 deliveries, up from 126 in 2019. Cirrus' SR22 (same as SR22T but not turbocharged) follows in 5th place with 107 shipments, down from 131 in 2019. Gulfstream takes 6th place with 105 deliveries of their largest business jet variants (the G500, G600, G550, G650 and G650ER), followed by the Pilatus PC-12 turboprop (82 shipped), the Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet (73), the Diamond DA42 (piston - 62), and Bombardier's Global Series (jet - 59).

In 2019, the Cirrus SR22T (piston) was the best selling fixed-wing general aviation aircraft with 200 units delivered, up from 180 in 2018. In second place, we have Piper Aircraft's PA-28-181 Archer III (piston) with 182 deliveries, up from 107 in 2018. Cirrus' SR22 (same as SR22T but not turbocharged) follows in third place with 131 shipments, down from 135 in 2018. After being in the lead back in 2015, the Cessna CE-172S Skyhawk SP (piston) is now in fourth place with 126 shipments - down three from 2018. Diamond Aircraft's DA40 (piston) takes 5th place with 126 deliveries, up from just 45 in 2018. Gulfstream takes 6th place with 114 deliveries of their largest business jet variants (the G500, G600, G550, G650 and G650ER), followed by the Pilatus PC-12 turboprop (83 shipped), the Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet (81), the Diamond DA42 (piston - 77), and Bombardier's Challenger 350 and 650 (jet - 76).

Top General Aviation Aircraft Models in 2020
Top General Aviation Aircraft Models in 2019

Size of the U.S. General Aviation Aircraft Fleet Size and Forecast | 2000-2020 & 2021-2041

No. of Aircraft in the U.S. General Aviation Inventory

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As a result of the 2007-2009 recession and changing market dynamics such as higher aircraft prices, the U.S. general aviation aircraft inventory has declined from 231,606 aircraft in 2007 to 204,980 at the end of 2020, equal to an 11.5% decrease.







Source: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Size of the U.S. General Aviation Aircraft Fleet from 2000 to 2019

Forecast for the Future Size of the U.S. GA Aircraft Fleet

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In their annual aerospace forecast, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) estimates that the U.S. general aviation aircraft fleet will grow from 205,870 aircraft in 2021 to 208,790 aircraft by 2041. This is equal to an average annual rate of growth (CAGR) of 0.07%.








Source: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

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