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Mixed reports on GA aircraft deliveries


Cessna and Cirrus posted flat numbers on new aircraft deliveries compared to last year, though overall shipments across all manufacturers are up slightly for the first half of 2012. While Cessna delivered 252 planes in the first half of this year, that's seven planes fewer than it had delivered by this time last year. Cirrus is likewise trailing its deliveries compared to last year by a small margin. Its 105 shipments in the first half of this year were enough to give the company a third of the global market share for new piston planes, but was still 13 planes less than what rolled off its production lines in the first half of 2011. The General Aviation Manufacturing Association reported overall GA delivery gains of 6 percent, with the most growth coming from a 13-percent uptick in business jet shipments and 10-percent growth in turboprop deliveries. Those overall numbers, combined with steadily growing sales in used aircraft, were enough for GAMA to say that the industry as a whole has probably weathered the worst of the Great Recession.