Wichita general aviation manufacturers turned in their second year of lower aircraft deliveries last year from the continued affect of the global downturn.
There are some positive signs emerging in the industry, however.
Wichita planemakers delivered 38.5 percent of the world's general aviation aircraft delivered last year.
Cessna Aircraft, Hawker Beechcraft and Bombardier Learjet delivered 776 general aviation airplanes in 2010, down 27 percent from the year before.
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Shipments by manufacturers worldwide fell 11 percent in 2010 to 2,015 planes, while billings rose 1 percent at $19.7 billion last year.
The figures were released Tuesday by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, an industry trade group, at an outlook forecast in Washington.
The biggest concern for the industry is in the piston part of the market, said GAMA chairman John Rosanvallon, president and CEO of Dassault Falcon.
The decline in the piston market began in 2007. Last year, deliveries of piston aircraft were the lowest they've been since 1994, he said.
Piston-powered aircraft deliveries totaled 889, down 8 percent from the year before.
The number of turboprops delivered in 2010 totaled 763, down 12 percent from the year before, while business jet deliveries totaled 763, down 12 percent for the year.
In Wichita, Bombardier Learjet delivered 28 Learjet business jets last year, down from 46 the year before, a 39 percent decrease.
Hawker Beechcraft's general aviation deliveries totaled 214 last year, a 22 percent decline from 273 in 2009.
And Cessna Aircraft delivered 534 aircraft, down 28 percent from 740 the year before.
Hawker Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture said today that, given the economic environment, he was pleased with the company's results in 2010.
The company was closely matched in production rate and planning with what happened in the year and finished with a minimum amount of inventory of new and used aircraft, he said.
Activity has picked up but mostly at lower pricing levels, he said.
"That's something we have to work our way out of as an industry," Boisture said.
He expects this year to be modestly better.
"We're off to a better start," he said. "I'm optimistic that we'll do better this year. I think that's primarily because our team is better, and we're very aggressively improving all aspects of our business."
Mark Paolucci, Cessna senior vice president of sales and marketing, said he expects 2011 to be similar to 2010.
The mix of models delivered this year might change.
"We might see some of our bigger airplanes being sold as opposed to the (entry-level) Mustang," Paolucci said. "I expect 2011 will look like 2010. But I believe it will be spread out a little more evenly."
Last year started off "pretty healthy," then fell off mid-year, Paolucci said.
It came back strong in the fourth quarter, in part because of a boost from the passage of a bill that allows buyers to accelerate the depreciation of the cost of an airplane, he said.
Cessna continues to invest in new product development to make sure it has the models in place when it comes out of the downturn.
"I'm reasonably confident that we'll basically claw out of it," Paolucci said of the market's return.