US manufacturers delivered 2,000 general aviation aircraft in the first nine months of the year - a rise of more than 16% over the same period last year.

For the fourth quarter in a row, billings exceeded $2 billion, says the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). So far this year, GAMA member companies have shipped aircraft worth almost $6.3 billion, over 10% more than the same period last year.

Over the first nine months of the year, deliveries of piston aircraft have increased by 13.8% to 1,336 units, jets by 15.1% to 431 and turboprops by 36.3% to 233. Export shipments increased 11.3% to 444 aircraft, but billings were down almost 21% to $1.44 billion.

In billing terms, US manufacturers are already well past 1998's year-end total of $5.9 billion, and closing fast on last year's record of $7.9 billion.

In aircraft terms, GAMA members look set to exceed substantially last year's total of 2,525 aircraft delivered.

Source: Flight International