What is the AEA Avionics Market Report?

The AEA Avionics Market Report compiles the true dollar size of the business and general aviation avionics market. It is published on a quarterly basis by the Aircraft Electronics Association. The sales report provides valuable information to promote the business and general aviation avionics industry to investors and inform elected officials of its global economic value.

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.

Worldwide Business and General Aviation Avionics Sales

First Nine Months of 2017 Worldwide Business & General Aviation Avionics Sales

Quarter Retrofit Forward-fit Total Sales
1Q 2017 - press release $322,894,119.55 $243,285,661.06 $566,179,780.61
2Q 2017 - press release $321,050,733.34 $257,742,985.11 $578,793,718.45
3Q 2017 - press release $355,945,211.00 $231,996,306.00 $587,941,517.00
YTD 2017 $999,890,063.89 $733,024,952.17 $1,732,915,016.06

First Nine Months of Worldwide Business & General Aviation Avionics Sales

 
2016
2017
% Change
Retrofit
$779,605,452.12
$999,890,063.89
28.3%
Forward-fit
$884,503,626.37
$733,024,952.17
-17.1%
YTD
$1,664,109,078.49
$1,732,915,016.06
4.1%

 

2017 Percentage of Total Sales by Market

Quarter Retrofit Forward-fit
1Q 2017 57.0% 43.0%
2Q 2017 55.5% 44.5%
3Q 2017 60.5% 39.5%
YTD 2017 57.7% 42.3%

2017 Percentage of Total Sales Worldwide

Quarter U.S./Canada Other International
1Q 2017 69.3% 30.7%
2Q 2017 72.0% 28.0%
3Q 2017 79.2% 20.8%
YTD 2017 73.5% 26.5%

Yearly Totals

Year Retrofit Forward-fit Total Sales % Change From
Previous Year
2016 [] - press release $1,117,656,848.00 $1,143,877,972.00 $2,261,534,820.00 -6.4%
2015 [] - press release $1,187,389,485.21 $1,229,049,502.21 $2,416,438,987.42 -4.4%
2014 [] - press release $1,228,201,491.23 $1,299,365,811.19 $2,527,567,302.42 +4.0%
2013 - press release $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

Note: Participating companies began separating total sales into retrofit/forward-fit sales beginning in 2013. Forward-fit sales include avionics equipment installed by airframe manufacturers during original production. Retrofit sales include avionics equipment installed after original production.

In addition, participating companies began separating total sales between the U.S./Canada and other international markets beginning in 2014.

2016 Worldwide Business and General Aviation Avionics Sales

Quarter Retrofit Forward-fit Total Sales
1Q 2016 - press release $256,462,826.30 $309,635,879.66 $566,098,705.96
2Q 2016 - press release $253,257,536.12 $295,903,718.11 $549,161,254.23
3Q 2016 - press release $269,885,089.70 $278,964,028.60 $548,849,118.30
4Q 2016 - press release $318,819,261.00 $278,411,120.00 $597,230,381.00
2016 Totals* $1,117,656,848.00 $1,143,877,972.00 $2,261,534,820.00

*-Note that the 2016 year-end totals do not exactly equal the sum of the four quarterly amounts as reported earlier in the year. This variance is the result of seasonally adjusted year-end numbers by some of the participants. In addition, 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.

2016 Percentage of Total Sales by Market

Quarter Retrofit Forward-fit
1Q 2016 45.3% 54.7%
2Q 2016 46.1% 53.9%
3Q 2016 49.2% 50.8%
4Q 2016 53.4% 46.6%
2016 Totals 49.4% 50.6%

2016 Percentage of Total Sales Worldwide

Quarter U.S./Canada Other International
1Q 2016 64.9% 35.1%
2Q 2016 68.7% 31.3%
3Q 2016 66.1% 33.9%
4Q 2016 67.4% 32.6%
2016 Totals 66.3% 33.7%

2015 Worldwide Business and General Aviation Avionics Sales

Quarter Retrofit Forward-fit Total Sales
1Q 2015 - press release $277,272,571.02 $309,827,641.90 $587,100,212.92
2Q 2015 - press release $291,223,422.00 $314,296,259.40 $605,519,681.40
3Q 2015 - press release $294,351,534.77 $287,459,164.23 $581,810,699.00
4Q 2015 - press release $324,125,430.08 $328,930,795.75 $653,056,225.83
2015 Totals* $1,187,389,485.21 $1,229,049,502.21 $2,416,438,987.42

2015 Percentage of Total Sales by Market

Quarter Retrofit Forward-fit
1Q 2015 47.2% 52.8%
2Q 2015 48.1% 51.9%
3Q 2015 50.6% 49.4%
4Q 2015 49.6% 50.4%
2015 Totals 49.1% 50.9%

2015 Percentage of Total Sales Worldwide

Quarter U.S./Canada Other International
1Q 2015 65.5% 34.5%
2Q 2015 63.5% 36.5%
3Q 2015 63.9% 36.1%
4Q 2015 64.1% 35.9%
2015 Totals 64.2% 35.8%

2014 Worldwide Business and General Aviation Avionics Sales

Quarter Retrofit Forward-fit Total Sales
1Q 2014 - press release $321,328,276.08 $330,420,718.04 $651,748,994.12
2Q 2014 - press release $318,469,481.77 $333,657,572.91 $652,127,054.68
3Q 2014 - press release $290,720,672.63 $323,685,864.93 $614,406,537.56
4Q 2014 - press release $297,683,060.75 $311,601,655.31 $609,284,716.06
2014 Totals $1,228,201,491.23 $1,299,365,811.19 $2,527,567,302.42

2014 Percent of Total Sales by Market

Quarter Retrofit Forward-fit
1Q 2014 49.3% 50.7%
2Q 2014 48.8% 51.2%
3Q 2014 47.3% 52.7%
4Q 2014 48.9% 51.1%

2014 Percent of Total Sales Worldwide

Quarter U.S./Canada Other International
1Q 2014 62.9% 37.1%
2Q 2014 62.7% 37.3%
3Q 2014 63.4% 36.6%
4Q 2014 61.2% 38.8%

Avionics Market Report History

History

AEA Announces Market Report AEA President Paula Derks unveiled the association’s first Avionics Market Report on 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.

How is data collected & who participates?

How is the data collected?

To ensure confidentiality, the manufacturing companies that participate in the process submit their sales figures to an independent third-party firm retained to produce the AEA Avionics Market Report. Each company reports its total worldwide avionics sales, but only for the business and general aviation market. Sales to the military and commercial markets are not included.

In addition, participating companies divide their total sales by forward-fit and retrofit sales (began in 2013), and also by sales taking place in the U.S. and Canada versus all other international markets (began in 2014).

Which companies partcicipate in the report?

In the most recent report published, the following companies reported sales figures:

  • 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. 

Is your company interested in participating?

Contact Linda Adams, AEA vice president of member services.

Email Linda Adams

Items to note

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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