Production of piston-powered general aviation (GA) aircraft had reached a plateau and begun to fall even before the credit crisis hit the world economy in the autumn of 2008. Deliveries plummeted in 2009 to a level not seen since the 1990s, and little improvement was seen in 2010. Having seen deliveries plunge to just 965 piston aircraft in 2009—only 35% of the decade-high 2,750 aircraft delivered in 2006—manufacturers continued to report weak demand through 2010. There will be some ...

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