Soar we now . . . 2019

Clouds rising. Tribute to Soar we now, Charles Wesley, 1739
Clouds rising. Tribute to “Soar we now . . . . ” Charles Wesley, 1739

It’s Good Friday.  I hope you can take some time off, rest this weekend, and indeed say  “Christ the Lord is Risen,”  As Charles Wesley wrote, circa 1739 –

Soar we now where Christ has led;
Following our exalted Head;
Made like him, like him we rise;
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies. Alleluia!

Your Glory hidden in creation is now revealed in Christ.

1 Cor. 15:1-8; & 12-28; 1 Tim 1:17

General Aviation Factoids 2019

The 2018 GAMA Annual Report carried many interesting facts.  Here are four that I’d like to share with you about General Aviation:

General Aviation

  • Flies to more than 5,000 U.S. public airports, but the scheduled airline carriers serve less than 400 of these locations.
  • Flies about 25 million flight hours, of which two-thirds are for business purposes in the United States.
  • Is the primary training ground for commercial airline pilots.
  • Supports $219 billion in total economic output and 1.1 million jobs in the United States.

General Aviation is defined as all aviation other than military and scheduled commercial airlines.

Reference: General Aviation Manufacturers Association Annual Report

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Here is a summary of single-engine piston shipments 2017-2018

These statistics are pulled from the 2018 GAMA annual report. Total single-engine piston shipments, including taildraggers and Light Sport Aircraft (LSA), increased from 936 to 954 or about 1.9%.

We’ve extracted the traditional “four-adult” single-engine piston shipments from the report to look at the changes. This group faired a little better, which saw deliveries increase from 763 to 781 or about 2.4% over the prior year. You can see the results by manufacturer in the table below.

Single-Engine Piston Shipments

Description20172018% Change
Cirrus SR22T, SR22, SR20        355         380 7%
Piper Archer & Arrrow          81         114 41%
Piper Malibu Mirage            9           20 122%
Cessna Skyhawk & Skylane        175         160 -9%
Cessna Turbo Stationair          40           32 -20%
Cessna TTx          23             1 -96%
Diamond DA40          60           45 -25%
Beachcraft A/G36          13           15 15%
Mooney Ovation & Acclaim            7           14 100%
Sub Total     763         781 2.4%
Taildraggers          48           38 -20.8%
LSA          90         103 14.4%
Other          35           32 -8.6%
Total Single-Engine Piston        936         954 1.9%

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