Swiss general aviation aircraft manufacturer Pilatus Aircraft had a stellar third quarter, with billings up 44 percent thanks to a record six deliveries of its new PC-24 business jet. Photo Courtesy: Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.
According to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), in the third quarter of 2018, compared to the same period last year, manufacturers reported higher deliveries but nearly flat revenues. Fixed-wing general aviation aircraft manufacturers delivered 568 aircraft worldwide in Q3 2018, up 7.2 percent from 530 in Q3 2017. Revenues (billings), however, only increased 0.8 percent to $4.1 billion due to lower revenues at Gulfstream, Bombardier and Textron. Continue reading →
On July 20, during the Farnborough International Airshow, the Gulfstream G500 received both its type certification and production certificate from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Source: Gulfstream Aerospace
According to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), in the second quarter of 2018, manufacturers reported higher deliveries on lower revenues. Fixed-wing general aviation aircraft manufacturers delivered 607 aircraft worldwide in Q2 18, up 7.2 percent from 566 in Q2 17. At the same time, revenues decreased 10.8 percent to $4.7 billion, the result of lower revenues reported by business jet makers Gulfstream, Bombardier, Embraer and Dassault. The increase in deliveries was attributable to higher piston-engine and turboprop aircraft shipments. Continue reading →
Minnesota-based Cirrus Aircraft had a strong first quarter and delivered 74 of its smaller but very popular piston-engine aircraft, up 29 percent from 57 in Q1 2017. Shipments of the SR20 boasted the largest increase and more than doubled in Q1 2018. Photo Courtesy of Cirrus Design Corporation
According to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), in the first quarter of 2018, manufacturers reported both higher deliveries and higher revenues than in the same quarter in 2017. Fixed-wing general aviation aircraft manufacturers delivered 447 aircraft worldwide in Q1 2018, up 2.8 percent from 435 in Q1 2017. Revenues increased 3.3 percent to $3.8 billion, mainly due to higher revenues reported by Bombardier, Textron, and several smaller manufacturers. Continue reading →
In 2017, for the fifth consecutive year, Gulfstream was the largest general aviation aircraft manufacturer in the world by revenues. The company delivered 120 business jets worth a total of $6.6 billion. Photo: Gulfstream Aerospace Corp
According to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), in the fourth quarter of 2017, manufacturers worldwide reported higher deliveries than in 4Q 2016, but on lower revenue. Fixed-wing general aviation aircraft manufacturers delivered 792 aircraft worldwide in Q4 2017, up 4.6 percent from 757 in Q4 2016. Revenues declined 3.0 percent to $7.3 billion, mainly due to lower revenues reported by Bombardier and Embraer. Continue reading →
Cessna delivered 29 units of its popular Grand Caravan EX turboprop in the third quarter of 2017, up from 22 in Q3 2016. Photo: Textron Aviation
According to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), the third quarter of 2017 showed mixed results for the industry, but with some bright spots. Fixed-wing general aviation aircraft manufacturers delivered 531 aircraft worldwide in Q3 2017, down 1.1 percent from 537 in Q3 16. Revenues declined 0.9 percent to $4.1 billion, driven by lower revenues at Bombardier and Embraer. Continue reading →
Japan’s Setouchi Holdings is buying Quest Aircraft, the maker of the Kodiak single-engine turboprop. The new deal will provide an influx of capital to Quest to allow it to explore adding another aircraft to its product line.
Kodiak 10-seat utility aircraft
The Kodiak competes primarily against Cessna’s Caravan and Pilatus’ PC-6. Quest has never publicly indicated what kind of new aircraft it might add in the future, and it’s hard to find an unoccupied niche in the General Aviation segment these days. A twin-engine model is one possibility, allowing it to steal customers away from the popular Beechcraft King Air family, but developing an all-new aircraft is a long, expensive, and financially risky process.
It’s possible the company could be looking at reviving an out-of-production aircraft and updating it with new engines and avionics. Viking Aircraft took this route with its Twin Otter 400 program. The Twin Otter is a specialized bush plane that offers a combination of short takeoff and landing (STOL) capability and payload that no modern production aircraft can match. Viking has delivered more than 50 new-build Twin Otters since restarting production of the aircraft. It spent far less to certificate the new version of an old design than it would have spent developing an all-new aircraft.