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GAMA Releases First Quarter 2022 Aircraft Shipment and Billing Report

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has released its first quarter 2022 general aviation aircraft shipments and billings report. Aircraft manufacturing industry results for the first three months of 2022, compared the same period in 2021, indicate an increase in aircraft unit shipments in each aircraft segment, while the overall value of aircraft shipments was slightly lower.

“It is reassuring to see aircraft deliveries continue to grow strongly as we emerge from the impacts of the pandemic,” said GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce. “It is particularly encouraging to see piston aircraft deliveries continuing their positive trajectory and surpassing last year’s figures as well as figures for the first quarters of 2020 and 2019. This report shows an increase in light aircraft deliveries of a number of companies that have taken advantage of the new CS./Part 23 airworthiness standards for new aircraft models and upgrades.The upward trajectory of the light aircraft segment is attributable to regulatory reforms undertaken by multiple regulators that enable new technologies and new aircraft and entrants.We are optimistic that the continued implementation of these standards across global regulators will continue to advance safety while bringing exciting new aircraft to the the general aviation market.

Turboprop aircraft deliveries saw the largest year-over-year percentage increase at 31% with 110 units in the first quarter. Compared to the first quarter of 2021, piston aircraft shipments increased by 13.9% with 263 units, while business jet shipments increased by 4.4% with 118 units.

Helicopter shipments continued to provide strong results compared to the first quarter of 2021. Turbine helicopter deliveries increased by 6.5% with 98 units and pistons increased by 8.3% with 39 units .

First quarter aircraft shipments and billings

Aircraft type 2021 2022 % To change
Piston plane 231 263 13.9%
Turboprops 84 110 31.0%
Business aircraft 113 118 4.4%
Total number of planes 428 491 14.7%
Total Aircraft Billing $4.0 billion $3.7 billion -5.9%
Piston helicopters 36 39 8.3%
Turbine helicopters 92 98 6.5%
Total Helicopters 128 137 7.0%
Total Helicopter Billing $0.6 billion $0.5 billion -17.3%

GAMA’s full first quarter 2022 report is available at