Welcome! This is our sixth anniversary of general aviation writing at wikiWings®. During the year, we added articles covering a number of topics. Here are the highlights:
We reviewed Cirrus Aircraft asking prices and the supply of pre-owed airplanes during the past year. From the G1 to G6 generation series of SR22’s we found these planes are holding their value. We’ve presented these numbers in the past and will continue to do so into the future as a free reference point. In 2019, Aerista and Lone Mountain Aircraft reported that it’s a seller’s market for Cirrus planes. Well, it is the most popular and best selling GA piston airplane.
We summarized a number of General Aviation factoids gleaned from the General Aviation Management Association (GAMA) report this past year.
How many pilots are there in General Aviation? We shared the summary statistics.
Vision jet deliveries continue. In 2019, the entire fleet was grounded for a potential flaw in the Angle of Attack indicator. As of this date, Cirrus has not released an official statement about the resolution to the problem. We asked – but Cirrus Service would not provide us with an update on the status of the fleet.
Many of the SF50 Personal Jets are back in the air. We’re seeing the Vision Jet on more GA ramps. A trend we expect will continue to grow into the future.
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This post is a follow-up from last week to answer the question: What’s the net available pre-owned Cirrus Aircraft for sale? To find the number of used Cirrus planes many pilots go to popular websites, such as Controller or Trade-a-plane. On July 7, 2017, there were 195 Cirrus piston airplanes for sale on Controller. But that doesn’t mean you’ll have that many planes to choose from because foreign and fractional sales would probably not be on your list. Continue reading “What’s the net number of pre-owned Cirrus planes for sale?”→
Cirrus Aircraft has shipped a total of 6,526 airplanes at the conclusion of calendar year 2016. Last year, Cirrus shipped 317 airplanes which was up by 5.3% over the prior year 2015. The numbers exclude Vision Jet delivers. In 2016, Cirrus delivered three jets to customers.
In February, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA.aero) released their 2016 annual report. It presents declining piston engine shipments which is disappointing news for GA but that’s not the whole story. Some manufacturers are increasing sales. In 2016, Cirrus shipped 5.3% more planes than the prior year. And, Cirrus piston shipments last year were up 14.9% over year-end numbers for 2013. That’s good.
Pat Waddick, Cirrus Aircraft’s president of innovation and operations recently said the company has more than 600 jet customers waiting for their airplanes to be delivered. This is great news for the General Aviation industry and American manufacturing. This sales number has been mentioned in aviation articles, but the discussion quickly moves on to another topic.
Cirrus jets are priced at about $2 million apiece which makes these sales a $1,200,000,000 book of business! Each customer has paid $100K upfront. That’s $60M in deposit payments! Has there ever been a light aircraft pre-sales book of business comparable to this in the history of GA?
Who are these Vision Jet customers? Why did they write that $100,000 deposit check years ago? What compelled a decision even before the jet was certified? Many of the position holders want to remain
anonymous. But we do know ~75% of them are Cirrus piston pilots. And, the book of business is global. About eighty of the 600 early position jets are scheduled for Latin America alone.
Most light aircraft manufacturers’ shipments are flat or seeing a slowdown. But not Cirrus. Innovation is winning sales and transforming GA. We need to see more of that.
Naysayers complain the view isn’t changing. But as they say, in a dog-sled pull – the view only changes for the leader.
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Who’s the market leader in turbocharged piston single-engine sales? The 2014 General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA.aero) Report provided shipment statistics for this discussion – “four-seat piston single-engine turbocharged airplanes.”
The majority of Cirrus SR22-G3 buyers are choosing to go “Turbo.” It’s been a steady climb upward over the past half-decade, and in 2014 almost sixty percent of the SR22-G3 buyers selected turbocharged performance. Continue reading “Reason 17 – Turbocharged Cirrus”→