WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- The industry group for the nation's general aviation manufacturers says airplane shipments and billings rose worldwide in the first nine months of the year.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association on Thursday reported total airplane shipments rose 6.6 percent over the same period last year with 1,513 planes shipped.
The group said total billings for general aviation planes reached $15.4 billion, an increase of 24.5 percent.
But GAMA President Pete Bunce says in a news release that the industry still faces significant challenges, especially in the markets for small and mid-size jets.
The association is working with the Federal Aviation Administration to clear the backlog of deliveries that developed during the government shutdown.