The General Aircraft Manufacturers Association (GAMA) recently released the shipment report of general aviation aircraft for the third quarter, and it was generally positive. Coming on the heels of the highly successful National Business Aviation Association convention and exhibition, manufacturers and suppliers should be feeling more than just cautiously optimistic as they approach the close of 2014.
Overall shipments increased 5.7 percent, to 1,678 units, and billings rose 4 percent, to $16 billion. Business jet shipments were up 9.3 percent—about the same as piston-engine airplane shipments. Turboprops were the only weak category, with shipments down 3.7 percent.