AEA launches avionics market report

The US-based Aircraft Electronics Association has launched its first avionics market report.

The first phase of the report includes one total number: the collective sales figure – both forward-fit and retrofit – for year-end 2012 sales, as received from participating manufacturers.

The report will eventually expand and become a quarterly report. In 2014, the report will be enhanced to include dividing the numbers into domestic and international sales, fixed-wing versus rotorcraft, aircraft categories and subscription sales.

To date, 19 aviation electronics manufacturers have committed to participate in the report. Additional manufacturers will continue to be invited to contribute sales data. The total year-end 2012 avionics sales as represented by the 19 manufacturers was $6.3 billion.

The amount (using net sales price, not manufacturer’s suggested retail price) includes: all aircraft electronic sales — including all component and accessories in cockpit/cabin/software upgrades/portables/non-certified aircraft electronics; all hardware (tip to tail); batteries; and chargeable product upgrades from 19 participating manufacturers. The amount does not include repairs and overhauls, extended warranty or subscription services.

The second phase of the report will expand further to report not only the dollar amount of sales, but both certified and noncertified aircraft electronics units sold.

“Never before has there been a true capture of the dollar size of the general aviation electronics market,” said Paula Derks, AEA president. “Not only will this report be useful to our membership in strategic planning and examining market share, but it will be valuable information to promote our industry to the aviation community, investors, and most importantly, when informing our elected officials of the value of the industry to the global economy.”

To ensure confidentiality, the participating manufacturing companies submitted their overall sales figure for 2012 to an independent third-party accounting firm retained to produce the AEA Avionics Market Report. Additional manufacturers will be encouraged to participate as the report continues to grow. The association estimates there are an additional 20 or 30 OEMs that could participate in future. The 19 participating companies in the initial report included:

  • Accord Technology
  • Aerosonic Corp.
  • Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp.
  • Aspen Avionics
  • Bendix/King
  • Cobham (Mineral Wells)
  • Cool City Avionics
  • FreeFlight Systems
  • Garmin
  • Honeywell Business & General Aviation
  • ICG
  • Jupiter Avionics
  • Latitude Technologies
  • Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics
  • Rockwell Collins
  • Sandia Aerospace
  • Shadin
  • Trig Avionics
  • Universal Avionics Systems Corp.

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