AEA Announces Second-Quarter 2015 Avionics Market Report

Total sales exceed $1.1 billion in first six months of 2015; 
increase 3.1 percent over the first quarter.

LEE'S SUMMIT, MISSOURI, Aug. 3, 2015 -- The Aircraft Electronics Association released its second-quarter 2015 Avionics Market Report. 

In the first six months of the year, total worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales amounted to $1,192,619,894.32, or more than $1.1 billion as reported by the participating companies. 

First six months of 2015 worldwide business & general aviation avionics sales
Quarter Retrofit Forward-fit Total Sales
1Q 2015 $277,272,571.02 $309,827,641.90 $587,100,212.92
2Q 2015 $291,223,422.00 $314,296,259.40 $605,519,681.40
YTD Totals $568,495,993.02 $624,123,901.30 $1,192,619,894.32

Sales during the second-quarter months of April, May and June rose 3.1 percent compared to the first three months of the year; however, the report indicated an 8.5 percent decrease in year-over-year sales compared to the first six months of 2014 amount of $1,303,876,048.80, or more than $1.3 billion. 

First six months of worldwide business & general aviation avionics sales
  2014 2015 % Change
Retrofit $639,797,757.85 $568,495,993.02 -11.1%
Forward-fit $664,078,290.95 $624,123,901.30 -6.0%
YTD $1,303,876,048.80 $1,192,619,894.32 -8.5%

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 $1.1 billion in sales during the first six months of 2015, 52.3 percent came from forward-fit (avionics equipment installed by airframe manufacturers during original production) sales, or more than $624 million. The retrofit (avionics equipment installed after original production) market amounted to 47.7 percent of sales during the first six months of the current year, or more than $568 million. 

According to the companies that separated their total sales figures between North America (U.S. and Canada) and other international markets, 64.5 percent of sales in the first six months occurred in North America (U.S. and Canada), while 35.5 percent took place in other international markets.

2015 percentage of total sales by market
Quarter
Retrofit
Forward-fit
U.S./Canada
Other International
1Q 2015
47.2%
52.8%
65.5%
34.5%
2Q 2015
48.1%
51.9%
63.5%
36.5%
YTD
47.7%
52.3%
64.5%
35.5%

"While there was a general improvement of 3.1 percent in the second quarter when compared to the first three months of the year, a decrease in year-over-year sales may indicate that the industry is facing some economic challenges," said AEA President Paula Derks. "The report also shows that a significant portion of the year-over-year decline in sales dollars is taking place in international markets outside the U.S. and Canada, and perhaps the strength of the U.S. dollar is having an impact on sales in those regions. This is certainly an area of the report to pay close attention to in the coming quarters."

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:

  • Accord Technology
  • Alto Aviation
  • Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp.
  • Appareo Systems
  • Aspen Avionics
  • BendixKing
  • Cool City Avionics
  • FreeFlight Systems
  • Garmin
  • Genesys Aerosystems
  • Gogo Business Aviation
  • Honeywell Business & General Aviation
  • ICG
  • Jupiter Avionics
  • Latitude Technologies
  • L-3 Aviation Products
  • Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics
  • PS Engineering
  • Rockwell Collins
  • Sandia Aerospace
  • Shadin Avionics
  • Trig Avionics
  • 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, and any comparative analysis of the data should take this 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 government-certified international repair stations specializing in maintenance, repair and installation of avionics and electronic systems in general aviation aircraft. The AEA membership also includes manufacturers of avionics equipment, instrument repair facilities, instrument manufacturers, airframe manufacturers, test equipment manufacturers, major distributors, engineers and educational institutions.

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