General aviation shipments down

General aviation shipments and billings dropped slightly in the second quarter of this year, the General Aviation Manufactures Association reported today.

Shipments of general aviation airplanes dropped to 547 in the second quarter of 2010, from 580 units during the same time a year ago, GAMA said.

Billings, meanwhile, totaled $4.77 billion in the quarter, down from $5.055 billion in the second three months of 2009.

"As general aviation manufacturers continue looking towards recovery from the economic downturn, it remains critical that pro-growth, pro-manufacturing policies like bonus depreciation that promote aircraft purchases and stimulate job creation be put in place," Pete Bunce, GAMA president and CEO, said in a release. "As the global economic recovery picks up steam, markets outside of North America continue to hold promise for renewed growth in our industry."

Shipments of piston-powered planes grew slightly in the second quarter to 259, compared to 255 shipped a year ago.

Turboprop shipments totaled 97 in the quarter, down from 102 in the same period last year, while business jet deliveries totaled 191 units, down from 223 a year ago.

In the second quarter, Bombardier Aerospace delivered eight Learjet business jets from Wichita, compared with 10 in the same quarter a year ago.

Cessna Aircraft delivered 164 airplanes, compared with 186 a year ago. Hawker Beechcraft delivered 51 aircraft in the quarter, compared with 62 a year ago. Hawker Beechcraft also delivered 25 planes for military use in the quarter.