Classic Four-Seat Piston Single-Engine Market Share 2013

What is the market share among classic four-seat piston single-engine airplanes, with less than 200 hp?  Last year, 831 piston single-engine planes shipped and of that total 264 or 32% were classic 4-seat planes with less than 200 hp.

In this class of 4-seat planes, advanced composite designs by Diamond Aircraft held 39% market share.  Diamond Aircraft has taken significant market share from Cessna and Piper.  The trend is clear, putting high-tech gear in 40-year-old aluminum designs is not winning market share.

Diamond Cessna Piper
Year DA40 172 Archer Warrier Maule Total
2013 102 39% 106 40% 48 18% 2 1% 6 2% 264
2012 93 35% 140 53% 4 2% 20 8% 9 3% 266
2011 72 37% 103 53% 2 1% 15 8% 4 2% 196
2010 57 30% 85 45% 21 11% 23 12% 4 2% 190
2009 98 41% 126 53% 1 0% 8 3% 7 3% 240
2008 154 31% 283 57% 7 1% 23 5% 27 5% 494
2007 232 34% 373 55% 16 2% 27 4% 36 5% 684

Source: GAMA

Aircraft purchase trends among 4-seat piston single-engine buyers has shifted during the past 7 years.  This is affecting new shipments and previously owned aircraft buying patterns.

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