General Aviation Market Data

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

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.

2014 Aircraft Production Highlights:
No. of Aircraft Sold - World/US: 2,454/1,631
Global Revenues: $24.50 billion
Industry Leader: Cessna Aircraft Co. (473 units)
Bestseller: Cirrus SR22T (160 sold)

General Aviation Aircraft
General Aviation Industry Performance 2012-2013: World Shipments U.S. Shipments World Revenues Leader Top Model
+8.7% +6.4% +24.1% CESSNA Cirrus SR22T
General Aviation Industry Performance 2013-2014: World Shipments U.S. Shipments World Revenues Leader Top Model
+4.3% +1.0% +4.5% CESSNA 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 | 2000-2014

As of 2014, there are more than 362,000 general aviation aircraft in the worldwide fleet, ranging from two-seat training aircraft to intercontinental business jets. About 199,000 of these, or 55%, are based in the United States. There are nearly 4,000 paved general aviation airports in the U.S. This compares to only 500 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 23 million flight hours. Over two-thirds of this traffic is for business purposes.

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U.S. General Aviation Aircraft Exports
Top Aircraft Manufacturers and Most Popular Models

U.S. Aircraft Fleet Data and Forecast 2000-2035

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 2013, worldwide production increased to 2,353 aircraft (up 8.7%), while the U.S. output grew to 1,615 aircraft (up 6.4%). In 2014, worldwide production was 2,454 aircraft (up 4.3%), while the U.S. output was 1,631 aircraft (up 1.0%).



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 have experienced a 59.3% drop in aircraft production from 3,279 to 1,334 units.



A key reason for the major decrease in sales, apart from the poor economic environment, is that the average price per aircraft worldwide almost doubled from 2007 to 2010. This is discussed in further detail later on this page.



Source: General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)

U.S. and Global Business Aviation Aircraft Production from 2000 to 2012, 2013 and 2014

Revenues 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 2014, revenues were up both in the U.S. (+5.6%) and worldwide (+4.5%).



Relative to the major decrease in shipments, revenues are almost back at pre-financial crisis levels.



Source: General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)

U.S. and Global Business Aviation Aircraft Production from 2000 to 2012, 2013 and 2014

Average GA Aircraft Price - U.S. and Global

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As mentioned earlier, general aviation (GA) aircraft manufacturers have raised their prices tremendously to make up for lower 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) has 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 2014, the average aircraft price was $10.0 million (unchanged from 2013).



Source: General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)

U.S. and Global Business Aviation Aircraft Production from 2000 to 2012, 2013 and 2014

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 jets and turboprops. In 2014, of the 2,454 aircraft produced and delivered worldwide, 1,129 (46%) were piston-powered, 722 (29%) were jets, and 603 (25%) were turboprops.

In 2013, while turboprop aircraft deliveries increased 10.4%, the sale of jets increased just 0.9%. Piston-engine aircraft sales grew 13.4%. In 2014, while the sale of jets increased 6.5%, turboprop deliveries declined 6.5%. Piston-engine aircraft had another good year with a 9.6% increase in deliveries.





Source: General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)

Worldwide Shipments of General Aviation Aircraft from 2000 to 2012, 2013 and 2014

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 2014, out of 1,631 aircraft delivered, 788 (48%) were piston-powered, 375 (23%) were jets, and 468 (29%) were turboprops.

In 2011, shipments of turboprop aircraft soared 76.3%. A new industry trend also emerged as the sale of turboprop aircraft for the first time surpassed the sale of business jets.

In 2014, turboprop deliveries declined 11.2%, while the shipment of jets were up 12.3%. At the same time, piston-engine aircraft deliveries increased 4.5%.



Source: General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)

U.S. Shipments of General Aviation Aircraft from 2000 to 2012 and 2013

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 equal to a 58.1% drop.

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

More recently, in 2014, exports increased to 696 aircraft from 691 aircraft the year before (+0.7%).






Source: General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)

U.S. Exports of Business Aviation Aircraft from 2000 to 2012, 2013 and 2014

Major Aircraft Manufacturers and Best-Selling Aircraft Models | 2014 and 2013

Top-10 General Aviation Aircraft Manufacturers

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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).

In 2013, Cessna Aircraft Co. delivered more general aviation aircraft (450) than any other company. In second place, Cirrus delivered 253 aircraft - ahead of Beechcraft and TECNAM with 211 and 197 shipments.

Gulfstream had a very strong 2013 mainly due to the new G650, which is selling very well. Total Gulfstream deliveries soared from 89 jets in 2012 to 144 in 2013, or an increase of 61.8%.

When general aviation aircraft manufacturers are ranked by sales revenues, other companies, namely the business jet manufacturers, take the lead. Gulfstream, #8 by units sold, now takes the lead with total 2014 sales of $7.78 billion ahead of Bombardier (the #1 in 2012) with $7.57 billion. Textron Aviation (Cessna + Beechcraft), the overall leader by units sold, is only in 3rd place by revenues with $2.92 billion. Dassault, a company not even in the top 10 by units sold, takes 4th place with 2014 sales of $2.72 billion.



*Does not include revenues from the sale of wide-body aircraft such as the A330 and B747-8.

Top General Aviation Aircraft Manufacturers in 2014
Top General Aviation Aircraft Manufacturers in 2013
Top General Aviation Aircraft Manufacturers by Sales Revenues in 2014 and 2013

Top-10 Best-Selling General Aviation Aircraft Models

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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 followed by the Diamond DA40 (piston), Gulfstream G-Series Large (G450/G550/G650), and the Cirrus SR22 (piston).

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).

In 2013, the best selling fixed-wing general aviation aircraft was the Cirrus SR22T (piston) with 132 units sold - up from 88 in 2012 or +50.0%. Gulfstream takes 2nd place with their large G-Series jets G450/G550/G650 (121 sold) followed by the Cirrus SR22 (piston) in third place (112 sold).

The leader in 2012, the Cessna 172S Skyhawk (piston), takes fifth place in 2013 with 106 aircraft sold vs. 113 in 2012 - followed by the Diamond DA40 (piston) and Cessna's 208B Grand Caravan (turboprop).

Top General Aviation Aircraft Models in 2014
Top General Aviation Aircraft Models in 2013

Size of the U.S. General Aviation Aircraft Fleet | 2000-2015-2035

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

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As a result of the 2007-2009 recession, the U.S. general aviation aircraft inventory has declined from 231,606 aircraft in 2007 to an estimated 198,780 at the end of 2015 - a decrease of 14.2%.







Source: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Size of the U.S. General Aviation Aircraft Fleet from 2000 to 2015

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

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In its annual aerospace forecast, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) estimates that the U.S. general aviation aircraft fleet will grow from 198,780 aircraft in 2015 to 214,260 aircraft by 2035. This is equal to an average annual rate of growth (CAGR) of 0.4%.









Source: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Forecast for the Future Size of the U.S. General Aviation Aircraft Fleet 2015 to 2035

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