Argus: Bizav Flight Activity a Mixed Bag

 - March 31, 2011, 1:55 PM

U.S. business aircraft flight activity at Part 91 operators surged 5.8 percent in February year-over-year, but the increase wasn’t enough to offset declines at Part 135 charter and Part 91K fractional firms, according to TraqPak data released last month by aviation services company Argus. Overall, flight activity in February fell 0.5 percent from a year ago, with the Part 135 charter and Part 91K fractional segments seeing activity slump by 8.7 percent and 3 percent, respectively. All business jet categories saw increased activity last month versus a year ago, while turboprop flying slid by 3 percent. Large-cabin activity rose by 2.5 percent, followed by midsize jets at 1.3 percent and light jets at an anemic 0.1 percent. By individual market segment, Part 91 small-cabin jets showed the strongest rebound in activity over last year, with an increase of 10.3 percent. Argus’s TraqPak data “is serial-number-specific aircraft arrival and departure information on all IFR flights in the U.S.”