General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) outlined in its first-quarter aircraft shipment report for 2018 that the delivery of airplanes and rotorcraft rose compared to the same quarter of 2017.
Piston rotorcraft led the first quarter, rising from 58 to 81 units, a 39.7% increase. The turbine rotorcraft segment also grew by 7% to 138 units delivered. The total rotorcraft billed in the first quarter was $0.67 billion, an increase of 18.3%.
GAMA believes the industry is overall trending positively. Training needs are driving the demands in the rotorcraft segment, while a stabilizing used market, overall global economic growth and aviation innovation are driving the other segment increases.
The organization expects the introduction of new products will drive future growth and hopes for the passage of a long-term FAA reauthorization bill.