Business aircraft flying in the U.S. rose for the eighth straight month, with activity in July up 1.5 percent from a year ago, according to data released yesterday by aviation services company Argus. And it appears that this indicator is gaining strength again this month, with Argus projecting a 1.4-percent year-over-year rise for August.
Part 91 activity once again is leading the pack, climbing by 2.7 percent from a year ago, followed by fractional flying with a 2-percent gain. Part 135 charter flight activity slipped a bit last month, falling by 0.4 percent year-over-year.
Flight activity was positive for all jet categories but was down for turboprops. Large-cabin jets led the way with a gain of 5 percent, with light and midsize jets posting increases of 4 percent and 1.9 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, the glimmer of light in turboprop flying seen in June–the first year-over-year gain in this category since October 2012–was snuffed last month as turboprop flying fell by 1.8 percent from a year ago.
Fractional light jet flying continued to climb with gusto in July, rising 26.8 percent year-over-year. Fractional turboprop flying saw the biggest drop, falling 7.1 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.”