Part 135 Drags Down Bizav Flying Activity

 - May 31, 2011, 10:00 AM

Business aircraft flight activity in April dipped by 0.4 percent from a year ago, due primarily to a 7.7-percent drop in Part 135 turboprop flying, according to TraqPak data from aviation services company Argus. The fractional and Part 91 markets each saw flight activity increase, by 6.5 percent and 2.5 percent year-over-year, respectively. By aircraft category, large-cabin and midsize jet flight activity was up by 4.5 percent and 3.5 percent, respectively. Both the turboprop and light jet segments reported a decrease, down 4.2 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively. Looking at individual market segments, fractional large-cabin activity saw the largest gain, up 15.4 percent. Meanwhile, the Part 135 turboprop segment experienced the largest decline, down 13 percent year-over-year. Argus’s TraqPak data “is serial-number-specific aircraft arrival and departure information on all IFR flights in the U.S.”