GAMA 2020 aircraft billing and shipment numbers

According to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), aircraft deliveries reached a value of $22.8 billion in 2020, a decrease compared to $27.3 billion in 2019. “It is encouraging to see that segments of our industry saw a solid rebound in the fourth quarter of 2020.“ said GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce. Airplane shipments in 2020, when compared to 2019, saw piston airplane deliveries decline 0.9%, with 1,312 units; turboprop airplane deliveries decline 15.6%, with 443 units; and business jet deliveries decline 20.4%, with 644 units. The value of airplane deliveries for 2020 was $20 billion, a decline of approximately 14.8%.

Preliminary civil-commercial turbine helicopter deliveries for 2020, when compared to 2019, saw a decline of approximately 16.9%, with 532 units; and piston helicopter deliveries saw a decline of 20.7%, with 142 units.

Turboprop airplane shipments to North American customers accounted for 54.9% of the global deliveries. The second largest market for turboprop airplane deliveries was Europe at 14.4%. The North American market accounted for 66.0% of business jet deliveries. The second largest market for business jet deliveries during the year was Europe at 16.7%.

StandardAero to acquire Signature Aviation’s engine repair business

MRO provider StandardAero is to acquire Signature Aviation’s Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO) business for $230m after the two companies signed a definitive agreement. Like StandardAero, ERO is an engine MRO provider primarily for business jet and rotorcraft platforms made up of the following five entities: Dallas Airmotive, H&S Aviation, W.H. Barrett Turbine Engine Company, International Governor Services (IGS) and International Turbine Service (ITS). ERO is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with two overhaul facilities (one in Dallas and the other in Portsmouth, England), ten regional turbine centers, one component MRO site and two parts/distribution facilities. ERO employs around 1,100 people with 2020 annual revenue around $500 million. Services include MRO for the majority of turbine engine models powering fixed and rotary wing aircraft used for business aviation, and many of the engines used in government, military and commercial applications.

Radio Frequency Interference to satellite navigation

Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) are essential to safe aviation operations, enabling today’s aircraft to rely on accurate and reliable position, speed or time at any point and without interruption. However, GNSS is vulnerable to interruption by Radio Frequency Interference (RFI), which has massively risen in recent years – reducing the efficiency of the overall aviation system, placing a higher workload on pilots and air traffic controllers, and requiring complementary communications, navigation and surveillance (CNS) services to be maintained to more demanding requirements.

Eurocontrol’s latest Think Paper investigate what lies behind the rise in RFI and where it is occurring, and suggest actions to mitigate the problem and safeguard the importance and reliability of GNSS for aviation while maintaining safety at the highest possible level. Headline impacts of RFI on European aviation:

- 2,000% increase in GNSS RFI incidents in 2018 as measured by voluntary incident reporting, with a sustained high rate since;

- 38.5% of European en-route traffic operates through regions intermittently but regularly affected by RFI;

- 5% of traffic in these regions could, given current RFI levels, need special assistance.

Download the full paper to learn more:

People: SR Technics’ Business Development team welcomes Olaf Christoph

MRO service provider SR Technics this week announced that Olaf Christoph has joined its Business Development team. Olaf Christoph comes to SR Technics after nearly twenty years as Sales Director for new engines and engine services at GE Aviation, where he handled the accounts of several major airline customers in the European region. Prior to that, he spent a decade in various manufacturing roles, including quality management, production and industrial engineering. Olaf Christoph received his Mechanical Engineering MA degree in 1985 from the German University of the Federal Armed Forces, where he had served as an officer for twelve years before joining the private sector.

With the addition of Olaf Christoph, the Business Development team headed by Senior Vice President Caroline Vandedrinck will continue to accelerate growth in the company’s core areas such as engine services and line maintenance thus consolidating the position on the MRO market.

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