First-quarter piston aircraft deliveries marked their single largest increase since the economic downturn began in 2007, giving rise to hope that the market may finally be seeing a long-awaited rebound. General aviation manufacturers shipped 221 piston aircraft, a 21.4% increase over the first quarter a year ago, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association’s first-quarter unit shipment report. At the same time, business jet deliveries jumped by almost as much, up ...


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