The new year will bring new opportunities — and challenges — to general aviation.
And many in the industry predict 2022 will be a good year for GA as it continues to prove its value.
“The pandemic demonstrated the value of general aviation from both a business and leisure perspective. As travelers avoided airline airports — by mandate or choice — GA travel saw growth and became a beacon of convenience and opportunity. We anticipate seeing continued growth in 2022, as more travelers discover the advantages of GA flying.”
“It’s a good time to be a general aviation manufacturer,” adds Pete Bunce, president of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. “There is a very healthy order book across the spectrum from piston to rotorcraft.”
What’s even better: A lot of those orders are from first-time buyers.
“We’re delivering to people who want to have the capabilities of GA for the first time,” he says.
“People with the income and the means are able to buy their own planes and that produces that demand.”
The pandemic contributed to that as well, as business travelers found that they just couldn’t be sure of when they would get to their destinations flying on the airlines, he notes.
“Plus people don’t enjoy flights on commercial airliners wearing masks,” he adds.