Avionics sales increase 5.4 percent over same period last year

Total avionics sales exceed $1.14 billion in first six months of 2017

LEE'S SUMMIT, MISSOURI, Aug. 2, 2017 -- The Aircraft Electronics Association released its second-quarter 2017 Avionics Market Report.

In the first six months of the year, total worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales amounted to $1,144,973,499.06, or more than $1.14 billion as reported by the participating companies.

First six months of 2017 worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales

Total Sales
1Q 2017 $322,894,119.55 $243,285,661.06 $566,179,780.61
2Q 2017 $321,050,733.34 $257,742,985.11 $578,793,718.45
YTD 2017 $643,944,852.89 $501,028,646.17 $1,144,973,499.06

The figure represented a 2.7 percent increase in year-over-year sales compared to the first six months of 2016 amount of $1,115,259,960.19.

Sales during the second-quarter months of April, May and June in 2017 were $578,793,718.45, a 5.4 percent increase compared to the 2016 second-quarter sales of $549,161,254.23.

First six months of worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales

% Change

The dollar amount reported (using net sales price, not manufacturer's suggested retail price) includes: all business and general aviation aircraft electronic sales -- including all component and accessories in cockpit/cabin/software upgrades/portables/certified and noncertified aircraft electronics; all hardware (tip to tail); batteries; and chargeable product upgrades from the participating manufacturers. The amount does not include repairs and overhauls, extended warranty or subscription services.

Of the more than $1.14 billion in sales during the first six months of 2017, 56.2 percent came from the retrofit market (avionics equipment installed after original production), while forward-fit sales (avionics equipment installed by airframe manufacturers during original production) amounted to 43.8 percent of sales.

According to the companies that separated their total sales figures between North America (U.S. and Canada) and other international markets, 70.6 percent of sales in the first six months of 2017 occurred in North America (U.S. and Canada), while 29.4 percent took place in other international markets.

2017 Percentage of Total Sales by Market

Quarter Retrofit Forward-fit
1Q 2017 57.0% 43.0%
2Q 2017 55.5% 44.5%
YTD 2017 56.2% 43.8%

2017 Percentage of Total Sales Worldwide

Quarter U.S./Canada Other International
1Q 2017 69.3% 30.7%
2Q 2017 72.0% 28.0%
YTD 2017 70.6% 29.4%

"It's encouraging to see a positive increase in year-over-year sales for two straight quarters, something we haven't experienced since 2014," said AEA President Paula Derks. "The retrofit market has seen the biggest growth in sales with a 26.3 percent increase compared to a year ago, which has helped offset a decline of 17.3 percent in forward-fit sales from this time in 2016."

Below is a review of the year-end totals for the five-year history of the AEA Avionics Market Report. Participating companies began separating total sales into retrofit/forward-fit sales in 2013.

Yearly Totals

Year Retrofit Forward-fit Total Sales % Change From
Previous Year
2016 $1,117,656,848.00 $1,143,877,972.00 $2,261,534,820.00 -6.4%
2015 $1,187,389,485.21 $1,229,049,502.21 $2,416,438,987.42 -4.4%
2014 $1,228,201,491.23 $1,299,365,811.19 $2,527,567,302.42 +4.0%
2013 $1,114,263,226.00 $1,315,035,458.50 $2,429,298,684.50 +9.0%
2012 N/A N/A $2,229,317,197.54 N/A

More information about the AEA Avionics Market Report is available online at www.aea.net/marketreport

History and Background Information:
The AEA first introduced its Avionics Market Report March 26, 2013, during the 56th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Prior to 2012, there never had been an effort to capture the true dollar size of the business and general aviation avionics market. The concept to produce the AEA Avionics Market Report began in April 2012, when the AEA formed an ad hoc committee comprised of representatives of avionics manufacturers to create a tool for strategic planning and examining market share.

"This report provides valuable information to promote the business and general aviation avionics industry to investors and inform elected officials of its global economic value," Derks said when the report was first introduced.

Avionics Market Report LogoTo ensure confidentiality, the participating manufacturing companies submit their sales figures to an independent third-party firm retained to produce the AEA Avionics Market Report. The companies currently participating in the report include:

  • ACR Artex
  • ALTO Aviation
  • Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp.
  • Appareo
  • Aspen Avionics
  • BendixKing
  • Blue Avionics
  • FreeFlight Systems
  • Garmin
  • Genesys Aerosystems
  • Gogo Business Aviation
  • Honeywell Business & General Aviation
  • Jupiter Avionics
  • Latitude Technologies
  • L3 Aviation Products
  • Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics
  • PS Engineering
  • Rockwell Collins
  • Sandia Aerospace
  • Shadin Avionics
  • Trig Avionics
  • uAvionix
  • Universal Avionics Systems Corp. 

The number of companies that participate in the AEA Avionics Market Report may change on a quarterly and/or annual basis. This may occur due to mergers and acquisitions during the year along with new companies participating in the reporting process. Any comparative analysis of the data should take this variance into consideration.

All dollar amounts noted are U.S. dollars. The AEA Avionics Market Report should not be considered a predictive indicator of future industry sales activity. The circumstances discussed in the report may not occur in future time periods, and actual results could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting the AEA Avionics Market Report and the companies that participate in the report. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and the Aircraft Electronics Association, along with the participating companies in the AEA Avionics Market Report, undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


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Founded in 1957, the Aircraft Electronics Association represents nearly 1,300 member companies in more than 40 countries, including approved maintenance organizations specializing in maintenance, repair and installation of aircraft electronics systems in general aviation aircraft. The AEA membership also includes manufacturers of aircraft electronics equipment, instrument repair facilities, instrument manufacturers, airframe manufacturers, test equipment manufacturers, major distributors, engineers and educational institutions.