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.

Quick Stats 2013:
No. of Aircraft Sold - World/US: 2,256/1,615
Global Revenues: $23.42 billion
Industry Leader: Cessna Aircraft Co. (450 units)
Bestseller: Cirrus SR22T (132 sold)

General Aviation Aircraft
General Aviation Industry Performance 2011-2012: World Shipments U.S. Shipments World Revenues Leader Top Model
+2.1% +3.6% -0.8% CESSNA 172S Skyhawk SP
General Aviation Industry Performance 2012-2013: World Shipments U.S. Shipments World Revenues Leader Top Model
+4.3% +6.4% +24.0% CESSNA Cirrus SR22T

General Aviation Market Trends, Data and Stats | 2000-2012-2013+

As of 2013, there are more than 360,000 general aviation aircraft in the worldwide fleet, ranging from two-seat training aircraft to intercontinental business jets. About 209,000 of these, or 58%, 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, the general aviation industry contributes more than $150 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 million flight hours. Over two-thirds of this traffic is for business purposes.

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2013 Shipments and Sales Data - Following Just Below

Latest Q4 2013 Production and Sales Data

U.S. General Aviation Aircraft Exports
Top Aircraft Manufacturers and Bestselling Models

U.S. Aircraft Fleet Data and Forecast 2000-2033

U.S. and Global Shipments of General Aviation Aircraft

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As illustrated by the chart, the recession from December 2007 to June 2009 had a massive impact on the general aviation (GA) aircraft manufacturing industry. In 2010, however, the downtrend 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 2012, worldwide production grew to 2,164 aircraft (up 2.1%). In 2013, worldwide production increased to 2,256 aircraft (up 4.3%), while the U.S. output grew to 1,615 aircraft (up 6.4%).



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 below.



Source: General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)

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

Revenues from General Aviation Aircraft Sold

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As illustrated by the chart, general aviation (GA) aircraft manufacturers have experienced a relatively modest drop in revenues as compared to the massive decrease in sales volumes.



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 in both the U.S. (+38.1%) and worldwide (+24.0%).



Relative to the massive decrease in shipments, revenues are down by a smaller percentage due to the fact that manufacturers have been able to raise prices without, at the same time, experiencing too much of a drop in aircraft sales. This is discussed in further detail below.



Source: General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)

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

Average GA Aircraft Price - U.S. and Global

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As mentioned above, 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, private aircraft are a highly price inelastic type of product - thus prices can be raised without demand falling by 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 2013, the average aircraft price soared to $10.4 million (+19.1%).



Source: General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)

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

Global GA Aircraft Shipments by Type of Aircraft

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As illustrated by the chart, piston-engine aircraft are the most commonly sold general aviation aircraft worldwide followed by jets and turboprops. In 2013, out of 2,256 aircraft sold worldwide, 933 (41.4%) were piston-powered, 678 (30.1%) were jets, and 645 (28.6%) were turboprops.

In 2012, while the sale of turboprop aircraft increased 11.0%, sales of jets dropped 3.4%. Piston-engine aircraft sales grew 1.1%. In 2013, while the sale of turboprop aircraft increased 10.4%, sales of increased just 0.9%. Piston-engine aircraft sales grew 2.8%.





Source: General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)

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

U.S. GA Aircraft Shipments by Type of Aircraft

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Among shipments of general aviation aircraft produced in the United States, piston-engine aircraft are the most common type sold followed by jets and turboprops. In 2013, out of 1,615 aircraft sold, 754 (46.7%) were piston-powered, 334 (20.7%) were jets, and 527 (32.6%) 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 2013, sales of turboprop aircraft increased 13.8%, while the sale of piston-powered aircraft was up 6.5%. At the same time, business jet shipments dropped 3.7%.



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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As illustrated by the chart, from 2008 to 2011, U.S. general aviation aircraft exports decreased from 1,161 to 486 aircraft equal to a 58.1% reduction.

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

In 2013, exports fell to 691 aircraft (-4.0%).






Source: General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)

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

Percent of U.S. GA Aircraft Production Exported

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As illustrated by the chart, a major shift in U.S. general aviation export trends has occurred between 2004 and 2010. In 2004, U.S. general aviation manufacturers only exported 14.1% of all aircraft produced. By 2010, the percentage of aircraft exported has increased to 51.6%.



In 2012, the export share decreased to 47.7% from 33.2% the year before. In 2013, the share decreased further to 42.8%.






Source: General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)

U.S. Business Aviation Aircraft Production - Percent Exported from 2000 to 2012 and 2013

General Aviation Market Trends, Data and Stats | Q1 2005 - Q4 2013

Shipments of GA Aircraft | Q4/2005 - Q4/2013

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The global general aviation aircraft manufacturing industry had an acceptable third quarter. Aircraft production was down 0.1% from 739 aircraft produced in Q4 2012 to 738 in Q4 2013.



U.S. general aviation manufacturers saw shipments grow 1.2% (+6 aircraft) in Q4 2013 compared to the same quarter last year. U.S. general aviation aircraft shipments increased from 514 planes in Q4 2012 to 520 in Q4 2013.

In Q4 2013, the U.S. share of the worldwide general aviation aircraft manufacturing market increased to 70.5% from 69.6% in Q4 2012.

For more information, click to download the latest 2012 Quarterly Shipments and Sales Report and the latest 2013 Quarterly Shipments and Sales Report.



Source: General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)

U.S. and Global Business Aviation Aircraft Production from Q4 2005 to Q4 2013

Revenues from GA Aircraft Sold | Q4/2005 - Q4/2013

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While worldwide general aviation aircraft shipments (see chart above) were flat in Q4 2013, revenues from the sale of aircraft soared. In Q4 2013, global revenues were up 22.2% from $6.56 billion in Q4 2012 to $8.01 billion in Q4 2013.

In Q4 2013, the average aircraft price was $10.85 million, up from $8.88 million in Q4 2012 or +22.3%.

For more information, click to download the latest 2012 Quarterly Shipments and Sales Report and the latest 2013 Quarterly Shipments and Sales Report.



Source: General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)

U.S. and Global Business Aviation Aircraft Revenues from Q4 2005 to Q4 2013

Quarterly Shipments of General Aviation Aircraft

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Same data as above but displaying all quarters from Q1 2009 until now.

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Source: General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)

U.S. and Global Business Aviation Aircraft Production Every Quarter from Q1 2009 to Q4 2013

Quarterly Revenues from Aircraft Sold

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Same data as above but displaying all quarters from Q1 2009 until now.

For more information, click to download the latest 2012 Quarterly Shipments and Sales Report and the latest 2013 Quarterly Shipments and Sales Report.



Source: General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)

U.S. and Global Business Aviation Aircraft Revenues Every Quarter from Q1 2009 to Q4 2013

Major Aircraft Manufacturers and Best-Selling Aircraft Models | 2011 and 2012

Top-10 General Aviation Aircraft Manufacturers

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In 2013, Cessna Aircraft Co. had a disappointing year but still sold more general aviation aircraft (450 vs. 571 in 2012) than any other company. In second place, we have Cirrus Aircraft with 276 aircraft sold up from 253 in 2012. Beechcraft made a strong comeback and shipped 211 aircraft in 2013, or an increase of 37.9% from the year before. Piper and Bombardier come in as #4 and #5 with 188 and 180 aircraft shipments in 2013, respectively.

In 2013, Gulfstream went from ninth to seventh place overall, as the company saw aircraft shipments soar from 94, in 2012, to 144 in 2013 - an increase of 50 aircraft or +53.2%.

In 2012, Cessna Aircraft Co. sold more general aviation aircraft (571) than any other company and more than twice as many as Cirrus Aircraft (253) in second place. Bombardier and Air Tractor come in as #3 and #4 with 179 and 169 aircraft shipments in 2011.

After a disappointing 2011 with shipments down 15% to 136, Piper Aircraft had a strong 2012 and reported sales of 158 aircraft (+22 units or +16%) and retook the ground the company lost in 2011. Diamond Aircraft had a disappointing 2012 and saw sales fall to 156 aircraft from 185 the year before (-29 units or -16%). This places the company in 6th place in 2012 down from 4th place in 2011. Financially troubled Hawker Beechcraft sold 45 fewer aircraft in 2012 at 153 (down from 198 or -23%). The company was in 3rd place on the list in 2011 but dropped to 7th place overall in 2012.

When general aviation aircraft manufacturers are ranked by sales revenues, other companies, namely the jet manufacturers, dominate the playing field. Gulfstream, #7 by units sold, now takes the lead with total 2013 sales of $7.35 billion ahead of Bombardier (the #1 in 2012) with $6.33 billion. Dassault, a company not even in the top 10 by units sold, takes 3rd place with 2013 sales of $3.47 billion. Cessna, the leader by units sold, is only in fourth place by revenues with $1.65 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 2013
Top General Aviation Aircraft Manufacturers in 2012
Top General Aviation Aircraft Manufacturers by Sales Revenues in 2013 and 2012

Top-10 Best-Selling General Aviation Aircraft Models

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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 fourth place in 2013 with 106 aircraft sold vs. 113 in 2012 - followed by the Diamond DA40 (piston) and Cessna's 208B Grand Caravan (turboprop). Notably, the Beechcraft King Air 350 turboprop made the top 10 in 8th place overall, in 2013, after a strong year where shipments increased sharply from 40, in 2012, to 72 this year.

The best selling general aviation aircraft, in 2012, was the Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP with 113 units sold - up from 77 in 2011 or +46.8%. Cessna also takes the 2nd place in 2012 with the 208B Grand Caravan (96 sold vs. 83 in 2011) followed by Diamond Aircraft's DA40 in third place (93 sold). Cirrus SR22 and SR22T, #2 and #3 in 2011, respectively, are ranked as #8 and #4 in 2012. Other strong performers are the Cirrus SR20, which went from 14th place in 2011 to 5th place in 2012 with 84 units sold vs. 48 the year before. Gulfstream's G-Series takes 6th place ahead of Air Tractor's AT-502B. Flight Design's ASTM CT Series of Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) is in 9th place (#4 in 2011) with the Pilatus PC-12 maintaining its 10th place from 2011.

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

Size of the U.S. General Aviation Aircraft Fleet | 2000-2012-2013-2033

No. of Aircraft in the U.S. Business/General Aviation Fleet

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As a result of the 2007-2009 recession, the U.S. general aviation aircraft fleet has shrunk from 231,606 aircraft in 2007 to an estimated 220,670 in 2012 - a decrease of 4.7%. The fleet is, however, expected to grow to 221,085 aircraft by the end of 2013.







Source: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Size of the U.S. General Aviation Aircraft Fleet from 2000 to 2012

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

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In its forecasts for the general aviation industry, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) estimates that the U.S. general aviation aircraft fleet will grow from an estimated 221,085 aircraft in 2013 to 246,375 aircraft in 2033. This is equal to an average annual rate of growth of 0.52%.









Source: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Forecast for the Future Size of the U.S. General Aviation Aircraft Fleet 2013 to 2033

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