General aviation aircraft shipments increased 6.7% in the first three quarters of 2022 compared to the same period last year, showing that the industry is making good progress in its efforts to return to the pre-pandemic levels.
Expedition results released by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) over the weekend showed that piston aircraft were up 8.8% and turboprops up 7.3%. A modest result of 1.8% for business jets lowered the average growth figure.
The total value of the new aircraft market so far this year is $14.1 billion, up 4.8% from 2022.
“Demand for general aviation aircraft remains robust as our industry continues to strategically address current challenges, including supply chain issues and labor shortages within our industry and regulatory authorities. world,” said Pete Bunce, President and CEO of GAMA.
“Deliveries are converging towards, and in some cases exceeding, the levels we experienced before the pandemic, which is a testament to the strength of our industry and the importance and utility of general and business aviation. “
Third quarter 2022 aircraft deliveries were up 4.2% across all sectors and were punctuated by some remarkable results, notably the Daher TBM 900 series which recorded its best result since the start of reporting in 2015 and Diamond DA62.
The story in the four-seat trainer market was much the same as with the Cessna 172SP leading with 56 airframes sent to customers versus 38 SR20s and 25 DA40s. Pipers Pilot 100 and Archer III struggled to keep up, with only eight and 19 aircraft deployed. Results for the first three quarters of 2022 have been consistent for Vero Beach as they continue to struggle in a tough market.
It’s almost a misery that Cirrus SR22/T will lead the big-piston single-piston sector, and with 94 of the type sent to customers compared to the nearest competitor’s 12 C182Ts, it’s clear that Duluth is putting more of daylight between him and second place with almost every quarter. Diamond’s new DA50 has been touted as the industry’s next big thing, but with only six aircraft shipping for Q3, there’s still plenty to worry about for Cirrus management.
The only one that stood out in the piston-twin market was Diamond’s big DA62. The 13 reported deliveries accounted for nearly half of the entire industry for the quarter. Supported with seven DA42s, Diamond accounted for 20 of the 28 twins shipped. Once again, the traditional metal-clad Beechcraft Baron and Piper Seneca failed to score.
At Daher, management will be strutting this week as the company reported that 24 of the TBM 900 series have been shipped. The result is the best quarter for the single-engine turboprop since Daher began reporting to GAMA in 2015. To put things into perspective, the industry leader’s usual rivals, the Cessna Caravan and Pilatus PC-12, recorded 13 cells. each. Piper’s M500/M600 was down 29% with only 10 aircraft delivered.
Although Cirrus saw no growth for the SF50 Vision Jet comparing Q3 2022 to Q3 2021, shipping 23 airframes for both years, they continue to dominate the single-pilot jet market. Embraer followed with 15 Phenom 100/300s, 12 of which were 300Es, and HondaJet was very stable, with all three HA420s reporting a 67% decline from Q3 2021.
Perhaps the most surprising result was the 10 examples of the Cessna T206H sent to customers. Although this represents a 900% increase over the single airframe shipped last year, it is only slightly higher than the average quarterly results for the large high wing. Obviously, Q3 2021 was not one of the best results of T206H.
Major aircraft shipments
|Plane||Q3 2022||Q3 2021||To change|
|Piper 100 driver||8||12||-33%|
|Piper Archer III||19||37||-49%|
|Beech G36 Bonanza||0||0||0%|
|Beech G58 Baron||0||0||0%|
|Piper Seneca V||0||0||0%|
|Cessna Caravan Series||13||16||-19%|
|Kodiak Quest 100||2||3||-33%|
|Daher TBM 900 series||24||9||167%|
|Embraer Phenom 100 & 300||15||14||seven%|
|GippsAero Airvan 8||0||0||0%|