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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.

2016 Aircraft Production Highlights:
No. of Aircraft Sold - World/US: 2,262/1,525
Global Revenues: $20.72 billion
Industry Leader: Cessna - Textron (479 units)
Bestseller: Cirrus SR22T (149 delivered)

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General Aviation Aircraft
General Aviation Industry Performance 2015-2016: World Shipments U.S. Shipments World Revenues Leader Top Model
-3.0% -4.2% -14.1% CESSNA Cirrus SR22T
General Aviation Industry Performance 2014-2015: World Shipments U.S. Shipments World Revenues Leader Top Model
-5.0% -2.4% -1.5% CESSNA 172S Skyhawk SP
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 | 2000-2016

As of 2015, there are more than 416,000 general aviation aircraft in the worldwide fleet, ranging from small training aircraft and helicopters to intercontinental business jets. About 210,000 of these, or ~50%, are based in the United States. There are more than 5,000 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 $219 billion to the U.S. economy annually and employs more than 1.1 million people. In the U.S., every year, general aviation aircraft log 24 million flight hours. Over two-thirds of this traffic is for business purposes.

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2016 Shipments and Sales Data - Following Below

GAMA: Latest Q4 2016 Production and Sales Data [PDF]

FAA: General Aviation Data 2017-2037 [XLS]
Top Aircraft Manufacturers and Most Popular Models

U.S. Aircraft Fleet Data and Forecast 2000-2037

U.S. General Aviation Aircraft Exports

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 sold increased by 4.8% worldwide from 2,023 in 2010 to 2,120 in 2011. Shipments of aircraft manufactured in the U.S. increased 3.6% from 1,465 in 2011 to 1,518 in 2012. In 2015, worldwide production declined to 2,331 aircraft (down 5.0%), while the U.S. output was 1,592 aircraft (down 2.4%). In 2014, worldwide production declined to 2,262 aircraft (down 3.0%), while the U.S. output was 1,525 aircraft (down 4.2%).



Due to the fallout of the financial crisis and 2007-09 recession, sales of business jets and piston-engine aircraft collapsed and are, as of 2017, not even close to their 2007 peak levels. From 2007-2010, the global production 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 production 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 doubled. From 2007 to 2016, the average price of a piston-engine aircraft which is the most common type, has soared from $328,000 in 2007 to 712,000 today. That increase is keeping many would be buyers out of the market. Also, the average price of a business jet is up from $12.5 million to $22.4 million over the same period. At the same time, the average price of turboprops has declined from $3.5 million to $2.9 million, resulting in a surge in sales of this type of aircraft.



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 2014, 2015 and 2016

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%). In 2016, revenues were down considerably worldwide (-14.1%) and in the U.S. (-11.7%).



Relative to the major decrease in shipments, revenues have not declined nearly as much. Manufacturers in the U.S. have more than doubled the unit price of business jets since 2008. Between 2008 and 2013, prices went up a staggering 133% on average. This is discussed in the chart following below.



Business jets make up the vast majority of U.S. and worldwide sales revenues, accounting for 84% and 89% of 2016 sales, respectively. Piston-engine aircraft account for only 3% of worldwide revenues and 5% in the U.S.



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 2014, 2015 and 2016

Average GA Aircraft Price - U.S. and Global

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General aviation (GA) aircraft manufacturers have raised their prices dramatically to make up for declining sales volumes. 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. In 2016, the average aircraft price was $9.2 million - down 11.5% from 2015).



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

Average price per aircraft from 2000 to 2014, 2015 and 2016

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 2016, of the 2,262 aircraft delivered worldwide, 1,019 (45%) were piston-powered, 661 (29%) were jets, and 582 (26%) were turboprops. In 2015, of the 2,331 aircraft delivered worldwide, 1,056 (45%) were piston-powered, 718 (31%) were jets, and 557 (24%) were turboprops.

In 2016, shipments of both piston-powered aircraft (-3.5%) and business jets (-7.9%) declined, while turboprop delivereries were up 4.5%.






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 2014, 2015 and 2016

U.S. GA Aircraft Deliveries by Type of Aircraft

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In the United States, piston-engine aircraft deliveries surpass shipments of jets and turboprops. In 2016, out of 1,525 aircraft delivered, 718 (47%) were piston-powered, 396 (26%) were jets, and 411 (27%) were turboprops. In 2015, out of 1,592 aircraft delivered, 783 (49%) were piston-powered, 389 (24%) were jets, and 420 (26%) were turboprops.

In 2011, shipments of turboprop aircraft soared 76.3% and a new industry trend emerged as the sale of turboprop aircraft for the first time surpassed the sale of business jets. From 2014 to 2016, shipments of turboprop aircraft dropped 22% but are still slightly ahead of business jets.

In 2016, business jet shipments were up 1.8%, while piston-engine aircraft deliveries dropped 8.3%.



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 2014, 2015 and 2016

U.S. General Aviation Aircraft Exports

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From 2008 to 2011, U.S. general aviation aircraft exports fell dramatically from 1,161 to 486 aircraft or a staggering 58.1% drop.

In 2012, exports jumped to 720 aircraft (+48.1%), regaining the terrain lost in 2011.

More recently, after a few relatively flat years, in 2015, exports plummeted to 524 aircraft down from 696 aircraft in 2014 (-24.7%). In 2016, exports declined further to 453 aircraft (-13.5% from 2015).






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

U.S. Exports of Business Aviation Aircraft from 2000 to 2014, 2015 and 2016

Major Aircraft Manufacturers and Best-Selling Aircraft Models | 2015 and 2014

Top-15 General Aviation Aircraft Manufacturers

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In 2015, with 539 deliveries (473 in 2014), Cessna (Textron Aviation) had a strong yearand sold more general aviation aircraft than any other company. In second place, we have Cirrus Aircraft with 301 aircraft delivered down from 308 in 2014. Bombardier and TECNAM Aircraft come in as #3 and #4 with 199 and 191 aircraft delivered in 2015, respectively. In 5th place, Beechcraft (Textron Aviation) delivered 158 aircraft - down from 199 in 2014 (-20.6%).

In 2015, Gulfstream (in 6th place) had yet another solid year and delivered 154 business jets (+4/+2.7%), while Diamond disappointed with only 144 shipments (202 in 2014) - almost a 30% drop.

In 2014, with 473 deliveries (450 in 2013), Cessna (Textron Aviation) sold more general aviation aircraft than any other company. In second place, we have Cirrus Aircraft with 308 aircraft delivered up from 276 in 2013. Bombardier and Diamond come in as #3 and #4 with 204 and 202 aircraft delivered in 2014, respectively. In 5th place, Beechcraft (now part of Textron Aviation) delivered 199 aircraft - down from 211 in 2013.

In 2014, Gulfstream and Embraer delivered about the same number of aircraft as they did last year. Gulfstream delivered six aircraft more than in 2013 (150 vs. 144), while Embraer delivered three aircraft fewer (116 vs. 119).

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 2015 sales of $8.20 billion. Gulfstream was the world's largest general aviation aircraft manufacturer by revenue sfor the third consecutive year. In second place, we have Bombardier (the #1 in 2012) with sales of $7.36 billion. Textron Aviation (Cessna + Beechcraft), the overall leader by units sold, is in 3rd place with $2.88 billion. Dassault, a company not even in the top 10 by units sold, takes 4th place with 2015 sales of $2.17 billion followed by Brazil's Embraer ($1.63 billion).



*Does not include revenues from the sale of wide-body aircraft such as the A330 and B787.

Top General Aviation Aircraft Manufacturers in 2015
Top General Aviation Aircraft Manufacturers in 2014
Top General Aviation Aircraft Manufacturers by Sales Revenues in 2015 and 2014

Top-15 Best-Selling General Aviation Aircraft Models

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In 2015, the Cessna CE-172S Skyhawk SP (piston) was the best selling fixed-wing general aviation aircraft with 143 units sold (down from 155 in 2014). After being in the lead in 2014 and 2013, the Cirrus SR22T (piston) follows closely behind in second place with with 142 shipments - down from from 160 in 2014 (-11.3%). With 128 units sold, Cirrus also takes 3rd place with the SR22 (piston) followed by the Gulfstream G450/G550/G650 series jets (120 sold), the ASTM (piston) from TECNAM Aircraft (102), the Cessna CE-208B Grand Caravan turboprop (93), the Diamond DA40 (75), Beechcraft King Air 350 (74), Beechcraft King Air 350 (74), Bombardier Global 5000/6000 Express (73), and Embraer Phenom 300 (70).

In 2015, outside of the Top-15, sales of the Cessna CE-240 TTx (CE-400 Corvalis TTx) doubled from 22 to 44 aircraft. In the Top-15, the highest growth was from sales of Bombardier's Challenger 300/350 - up 25.9% from 54 to 68 aircraft.

In 2014, for the second consecutive year, the best selling fixed-wing general aviation aircraft was the Cirrus SR22T (piston) with 160 units delivered - up from 132 in 2013 or +21.2%. Cessna takes 2nd place with the CE-172S Skyhawk SP (piston - 155 sold) followed by the Diamond DA40 (piston - 136), the Cirrus SR22 (piston - 117), and Gulfstream G450/G550/G650 (jets - 117).

Deliveries of the Diamond DA40 and Cessna's CE-172S Skyhawk SP soared in 2014. DA40 deliveries were up 33.3% from 2013 (136 vs. 102), while deliveries of the CE-172S Skyhawk were up 46.2% (155 vs. 106).

Top General Aviation Aircraft Models in 2015
Top General Aviation Aircraft Models in 2014

Size of the U.S. General Aviation Aircraft Fleet Size and Forecast | 2000-2016 & 2017-2037

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 209,905 at the end of 2016, equal to a 9.4% decrease.







Source: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Size of the U.S. General Aviation Aircraft Fleet from 2000 to 2016

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 209,800 aircraft in 2017 (projection) to 213,420 aircraft by 2037. This is equal to an average annual rate of growth (CAGR) of less than 0.1%. In their forecast last year, the FAA expected a CAGR of 0.2% from 2016 to 2036.







Source: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Forecast for the Future Size of the U.S. General Aviation Aircraft Fleet 2017 to 2037

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