Total worldwide sales of general aviation aircraft fell 15.5 percent in the first six months of this year. General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMMA) shows total billing of general aviation aircraft of $7.3 billion, which is down 22.3 percent.
GAMA and an aerospace workers union made a statement which blamed political rhetoric for the demonization of the industry resulting in fewer jobs.
According to GAMA, piston powered airplane shipments were down 37 units from 424 units delivered in the first six months of 2010, a 8.7 percent decrease. Turboprop plane shipments declined by 143 units, a 8.9 percent drop. Business jets have also suffered, down 26.5 percent to only 261 units.