Business aircraft flying trended positive last month in every operating category and all jet segments, according to TraqPak data released yesterday by aviation services company Argus. Overall, activity climbed by 1.9 percent year-over-year in May.
For the first time this year, Part 91 operators led the way, with flying up by 2.3 percent in this operating segment versus a year ago. Part 135 activity wasn’t far behind, rising 1.9 percent from May last year, while the fractionals eked out a 0.2-percent gain.
By aircraft category, jet flying again moved upward and turboprops were slightly negative. In a surprising move, light jets pushed to the head of the pack last month, logging a 4.7-percent year-over-year increase. Large-cabin jet activity was also strong, climbing 4.3 percent, and midsize flying recorded a 2.3-percent uptick. Turboprop flying last month slipped by 1.6 percent from a year ago, however.
In individual segments, fractional light jets once again came out on top with a 30.6-percent increase. Large-cabin jets at the fractional and charter operators logged the next biggest gains, at 8.1 percent and 6.5 percent, respectively. Still feeling the fallout from Avantair’s demise, fractional turboprop flying was down 45.1 percent year-over-year.
Argus TraqPak data provides “serial-number-specific aircraft arrival and departure information on all IFR flights in the U.S. and Canada.”