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    GAMA Sees Good Start for Airplanes in 2019 see more

    NAFA member, Pete Bunce, GAMA President and CEO, says 2019 has started off well for airplane deliveries.

    General aviation airplane deliveries got off to a good start in 2019, according to statistics compiled by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). All sectors, including business jet, turboprop, and piston-powered airplanes, showed an increase in deliveries year-over-year for the first three months of the year, while industry billings rose by 10.5 percent, to $4.23 billion. "While our rotorcraft segment experienced some headwinds, our airplane segment remains strong," said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce. "Statements by our member companies point to solid order intakes during the first quarter, laying down a positive marker for later in 2019."

    For business jets, the first quarter of 2019 saw 141 deliveries, an increase of nine aircraft from the same period in 2018. Gulfstream led the way, with an additional eight of its large-cabin jets in the first three months of this year, while its super-midsize G280 deliveries remained static at seven. Cessna saw a 22 percent increase year-over-year showing increases or the same number of deliveries across its entire product line, as its first-quarter totals rose from 36 in the first three months of 2018 to 44 this year. The Wichita airframer increased its output of the M2, Sovereign+, and Latitude by two each, while Pilatus added three additional examples of its PC-24 light jet year-over-year.

    Embraer remained even with 11 deliveries in each year, the two Legacy 450s handed over in 2018 were offset by the delivery of an additional Legacy 500 and a Legacy 600/650 this year.

    Canadian OEM Bombardier noted a nearly 23 percent decrease in deliveries for the quarter, moving from 31 in the first three months of 2018 to 24. All models saw a decline with the exception of its flagship Global 7500 which received certification late year.

    Honda saw first-quarter deliveries of its light HondaJet down by nearly 42 percent, year-over-year, moving from 12 in the first quarter of 2018, to 7 in the first three months of 2019.

    Dassault presents its delivery totals for its Falcons at mid-year and year-end.

    In the bizliner category, Airbus handed over a pair of ACJ320neos in the first quarter of 2019, after posting no deliveries in the same period last year, while Boeing, which had four deliveries early in 2018, had none through March of this year.

    While the overall turboprop segment saw a 7 percent rise year-over-year, the higher-end pressurized models remained flat with 50 deliveries in the first quarter of both years. Textron handed over five additional Beechcraft King Air 250s in the first quarter of 2019, contributing to a 35 percent overall increase for the manufacturer, as Daher and Pilatus remained steady on their single-engine turboprops, delivering eight and 12 both years, respectively. Piper handed over seven M500s during the first quarter of 2019, down from the same period last year when it delivered three M500s and seven M600’s. Piaggio, which delivered three Avanti Evo twin pushers in the first three months last year, reported none in the same period this year.

    On the rotorcraft side, total shipments were down more than 19 percent year-over-year, and billings declined by nearly $100 million, while turbine-powered helicopters slid more than 22 percent, from 134 in the first quarter of 2018 to 104 during the same period this year. Bell, which delivered 46 helicopters in 1Q 2018 saw that total fall to 30 in the first three months of 2019. The Textron-subsidiary transitioned from the 407GXP with 17 deliveries in the first quarter of 2018 to just one this year, while ramping up to the 407 GXi with six handed over in the first three months of 2019.  It also delivered seven fewer 505s year-over-year. Airbus Helicopters, which delivered 46 civilian rotorcraft in the first quarter of 2018, handed over three less this year, the difference mainly being four fewer H135s in the first quarter.

    Leonardo was down by 34 percent from its first quarter 2018 totals. The company delivered no AW189/149s in the first three months of 2019, as compared to the six it handed over a year earlier. Likewise, it had no AW119Kx deliveries, having four in the first quarter of 2018. It did exceed its 1Q 2018 tally on the AW169 by three units, delivering six in the first three months of 2019.

    Robinson Helicopter dialed back its deliveries on the R66 by six, handing over 12 in the first quarter of the year, while Sikorsky which had one delivery, an S92, in the first three months of 2018, had none this year.

    This article was originally published by Curt Epstein in AINonline on May 17, 2019.

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    GAMA Publishes First Quarter Aircraft Shipment Data see more

    NAFA member, Pete Bunce, President and CEO of General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) releases first quarter 2019 aircraft shipment and billings report.

    Washington, DC — The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) today published its first quarter 2019 aircraft shipment and billings report. Results showed increases across the airplane segments of the industry, but a slowdown in rotorcraft shipments compared to the first quarter of 2018.

    “While our rotorcraft segment experienced some headwinds, our airplane segment remains strong,” said GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce. “Statements by our member companies point to solid order intakes during the first quarter, laying down a positive marker for later in 2019.”

    The piston airplane market led the increase in deliveries at 248 units, a 24.0% increase from the same period in 2018. Turboprop and business shipments also increased year-over-year, at 7.0% and 6.8% respectively. Piston rotorcraft shipments in the first quarter of 2019 were 66 units, compared to 77 units in 2018. There were 104 turbine rotorcraft shipments in the first quarter of 2019, compared to 134 in the first quarter last year.















    Click here to view the first quarter report. 

    For additional information, please contact Jens Hennig, GAMA Vice President, Operations, at

    This press release was originally published by GAMA on May 17, 2019.

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    Podcast: GAMA President Pete Bunce On The Boeing 737 MAX see more

    NAFA member and GAMA President Pete Bunce discusses the potential industry-wide impacts of the questions that have arisen regarding the certification of the Boeing 737 MAX including how to balance safety, regulation and providing a pathway for innovation and new certifications. In this podcast from Aero 2019 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, he also talks the economics of sustainable aviation fuel.  

    Click here to listen to the full podcast.

    This podcast was originally published by Paul Bertorelli in Aviation Safety Magazine's AVwebflash, Volume 26, Number 15c, April 12, 2019.  


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    Industry Leaders Voice Growing Concerns about Shutdown see more

    Business aviation leaders are expressing growing concern about the increasing ramifications of the prolonged partial U.S. government shutdown. “It is clear that the shutdown’s impact is being felt,” NBAA said in an update to its members today, pointing the cessation of activities such as the issuance of new pilot certificates and letters of authorization.

    In addition, training centers are concerned about the possibility for expiration of authorizations for evaluators and flight training devices, and certification of aircraft and equipment is affected. Further, the association has been concerned that Customs and Border Protection is not processing requests for new overflight exemptions.

    The FAA has indicated plans for a number of safety inspectors to return to work, but details about which functions will resume remain unclear, the association said, adding the primary focus is anticipated to be on safety surveillance.

    “Since the partial government shutdown began on December 21, our nation’s aviation system has functioned safely and efficiently thanks to the hard work of dedicated FAA professionals,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “That said, general aviation is a highly regulated industry, so it’s no surprise that some service disruptions are becoming visible.”

    NATA agreed, saying the aviation industry is one of the hardest hit because of safety and security requirements. “The shutdown has halted work on new aircraft certification, interactions between FAA and other nations, some aircraft registrations, commercial drone flight authorizations, aircraft mechanic licenses, introduction of new air traffic technology and airport construction approvals.”

    The effect has been “very real” for controllers and other workers missing paychecks, NATA said.

    The association further pointed to specific disruptions, such as a member company that has had two aircraft stranded in Canada, awaiting FAA approval to return. Others have had issues with ferry permits and/or special flight permits, both domestic and international-bound flights and NetJets has not been able to add new aircraft into its operations, NATA added. Training companies, including FlightSafety International, have reported multiple delays and cancellations.

    GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce, meanwhile, warned during a recent rally that even though the aircraft registry is open, the FAA and DOT have taken a narrow view of what is authorized registry activities, hampering its full use. If the shutdown was to continue in the next few weeks, the costs could run into the billions, he added.

    The associations were among the more than 30 organizations signing a letter last week to leaders on Capitol Hill, outlining some of the many ramifications and urging them to work to end the shutdown.

    Another signatory of that letter, NATCA, meanwhile, has taken a multipronged effort to put pressure on the government to end the shutdown, through a rally, leaflet campaign, and lawsuit. The organization, however, did welcome passage and signing into law of the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019, which guarantees back pay to federal employees affected by the shutdown. But NATCA president Paul Rinaldi added, “There is no reason to keep employees home and furloughed now that they are guaranteed their pay. Our elected leaders need to be responsible stewards of American taxpayer dollars and end this shutdown immediately.”

    He added that the shutdown is “eroding the layers of redundancy and support necessary” for the National Airspace System.

    This article was originally published on AINonline on January 17, 2019.

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    Latest Harris Poll Survey Reaffirms Importance of Business Aviation to Companies, Communities see more

    NAFA member, GAMA, releases the latest Harris Poll survey findings.

    Orlando, FL –– The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) today joined with the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) to release the findings of the latest survey conducted by The Harris Poll demonstrating the value of business aviation in providing safe, efficient transportation to companies of all sizes, particularly those located in smaller communities with little to no commercial airline service.

    “The Real World of Business Aviation: 2018 Survey of Companies Using General Aviation Aircraft,” represents a statistically valid representation of the use of business aircraft. The following are among the survey’s key findings:

    • Most users of business aviation are small companies employing 500 or fewer workers. Sixty-two percent of pilots and flight department leaders (identified as "pilots" for survey purposes) stated their companies utilize a single, turbine-powered aircraft.
    • Many business aircraft are largely flown to towns with little or no airline service, with pilots reporting that, on average, 31.5 percent of their flights over the past year were to destinations lacking any scheduled airline service.
    • Scheduling flexibility remains a key driver for business aviation, with 51.6 of passengers stating that traveling on business aircraft enables them to keep business schedules that could not be met efficiently using the scheduled airlines.
    • A significant portion of business aircraft passengers are technical specialists, managers and other company employees, as well as customers. These passengers spend an average of 63 percent of their time on board business aircraft engaged in work, compared to just 42 percent when traveling commercially. Furthermore, two-thirds of these passengers say they are more productive on business aircraft flights than when they are in the office.
    • During the past year, 38 percent of pilots reported flying business aircraft on humanitarian missions, averaging three such missions annually.

    "Since 2009, we've said, 'No Plane No Gain,' and this updated survey confirms the power of the slogan," said GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce. "General aviation aircraft are indispensable business productivity tools, allowing flexibility, connectivity and efficiency. But they are also on the front line, providing an essential transportation and supply link for those in need around the world."

    “Once again, we see that business aviation is a vital tool for companies of all sizes, enabling passengers to use their travel time for more effectively and efficiently than alternatives, while also providing critical lift to smaller communities and areas in need of emergency relief,” NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said.

    The Harris Poll conducted 202 online interviews of pilots, flight department managers and directors of flight operations or aviation for this survey, with 276 interviews among passengers on business aircraft. Its findings are in line with previous Harris Poll surveys in 1997, 2009 and 2015. Like those examples, the 2018 study was conducted on behalf the No Plane No Gain industry advocacy campaign, co-founded by NBAA and GAMA.

    View the complete survey.

    This press release was originally published by GAMA on October 16, 2018.

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    GAMA and AIA Call for Commitment to Implement Key Reforms see more

    NAFA member, GAMA, shares statement regarding the historic opportunity of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 being signed into law.

    Washington, DC –– The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) today issued the following joint statement after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018 was signed into law by President Trump:

    “This is the first time since 1982 that the U.S. government has enacted a five-year FAA reauthorization. This new law contains key reforms that can help to transform the U.S. aerospace industry and the FAA, and secure America’s position as a global aviation leader into the future. 
    “This new law provides direction, training, and tools for the FAA to be able to aggressively implement critical reforms that will enable new aircraft and technologies such as urban air mobility, commercial space, unmanned aerial systems, supersonics, and additive manufacturing. It will also provide our industry the budget stability and certainty we need to deliver on our extensive research and development investments.
    “At their core, these reforms will help to drive important progress on safety, efficiency, investment, competitiveness and the effective use of taxpayer and industry resources. We appreciated the Congress’ focus on improving the certification process, and including measures to bolster the future aviation workforce, including by increasing the diversity and inclusion of underrepresented groups, so that workforce limitations are not an impediment as our industry continues to expand. 
    “The signing of this legislation into law is an historic opportunity. The FAA’s implementation of these mandated reforms can accelerate change and innovation at the agency. Without them, the pace of new technology will continue to overwhelm the regulatory system. We call on all members of the government and industry to commit to this transformational timeline and work together to implement this legislation.”

    For additional information, please contact Sarah McCann, GAMA Director of Communications, at +1 (315) 796-1560 or, or AIA Director of Communications Dan Stohr, at (703) 358-1078 (office), (703) 517-8173 (mobile), or

    This article was originally published by GAMA on October 5, 2018.


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    GAMA shares good news from the U.S. House of Representatives for the general aviation industry. see more

    NAFA member, GAMA shares good news for the general aviation industry from the U.S. House of Representatives.  

    Washington, DC –– The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing legislation authorizing the programs of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for five years and advancing key priorities for the general aviation manufacturing and maintenance industry.

    “We are thrilled to see a long-term FAA reauthorization bill that will strengthen the general aviation industry, mandate needed reforms, and provide certainty for the entire aviation sector,” said GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce. “We thank the House of Representatives and the bipartisan leadership of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, including Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) and Ranking Member Rick Larsen (D-WA), for their work on this important legislation. We encourage the U.S. Senate to pass the measure expeditiously.”

    H.R. 302, which authorizes the FAA through September 30, 2023, includes numerous provisions that will improve aviation safety, streamline regulatory burdens, strengthen job creation, encourage competitiveness and innovation, and stimulate exports. Specifically, the bill:

    • Requires the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary establish a Safety Oversight and Certification Advisory Committee that includes representatives of commercial and general aviation, including aircraft, engine, and avionics manufacturers, and maintenance, repair and overhaul organizations. The Committee’s work will focus on certification and regulatory process reform, safety management systems, rulemaking improvements and enhancing global competitiveness;
    • Strengthens the effectiveness of the Organizational Designation Authorization (ODA) process and oversight to enhance the predictability and efficiency of the certification process for new products and technology;
    • Sends a clear message to the FAA to improve safety cooperation with international partners, facilitate improvements and end delays in the validation and acceptance of aviation products;
    • Requires the FAA establish a comprehensive regulatory database and a Regulatory Communications Consistency Board to reduce regulatory inconsistency at the agency;
    • Calls for the FAA to establish a Task Force on Flight Standards Reform to help drive needed improvements in the FAA Flight Standards Office. The Task Force includes manufacturers and will look at how the certification, operational evaluation and entry into service of newly manufactured aircraft can be improved;
    • Asks the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a review of the FAA’s Part 23 rulemaking implementation to ensure the agency is working with industry to maximize the rulemaking’s effectiveness;  
    • Mandates the FAA Aircraft Registry Office in Oklahoma City remain open in the event of a government shutdown or emergency furlough; and
    • Addresses the aviation workforce shortage by establishing a ‘Youth Access to American Jobs in Aviation Task Force’ and a ‘Women in Aviation Advisory Board’; directs the GAO to initiate a study on the current and future supply of aviation and aerospace workforce; and establishes a pilot grant program to train pilots and maintenance and technical workers.

    For additional information, please contact Sarah McCann, GAMA Director of Communications, at +1 (202) 637-1375 or

    This original article was published by GAMA on September 26, 2018.

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    Aviation Industry Urges U.S. Senate Leadership to Pass a Long-Term FAA Reauthorization see more

    Washington, DC ­­— The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and 32 other aviation industry organizations today sent a letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), urging them to have the Senate move expeditiously to consider legislation for a long-term reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

    “It is essential that the FAA is provided long-term authorization for its activities and programs to maintain and advance the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world,” the groups, spanning representatives of general aviation, labor, commercial and cargo airlines, drones, manufacturers and more, wrote. “The U.S. aviation sector supports nearly 11 million jobs and contributes $1.6 trillion in economic activity. The aerospace industry needs dependable authority from the FAA and policymakers to continue to provide the highest level of service for aviation customers and meet the needs of the aviation industry and workforce.”

    Congress has not enacted a multi-year authorization bill for the FAA since 2012, a bill that expired almost three years ago. Since September 2015, the agency has been working under a series of short-term extensions, including the current measure expiring on September 30, 2018. The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed its version of a long-term reauthorization bill (H.R. 4). The signatories of this letter believe it is imperative for the U.S. Senate to complete its consideration of S. 1405 as soon as possible, to allow adequate time for House and Senate negotiators to reach a final conference agreement by the end of September.

    “There is bipartisan support for moving the FAA bill forward now to ensure safety, economic benefits, regulatory reform, and international competitiveness through a long-term reauthorization bill for the FAA,” the groups concluded. “We are eager to assist you in securing consideration of this important legislation and we appreciate your leadership.”

    The complete letter is attached.

    For additional information, please contact Sarah McCann, GAMA Director of Communications, at +1 (202) 637-1375 or

    This article was originally published by GAMA on August 15, 2018.