Bizav Flying Activity Climbs

 - June 29, 2011, 6:35 AM

After posting a slight 0.4-percent drop in April, business aircraft flight activity in the U.S. returned to positive territory in May, with a 2.7-percent year-over-year gain as a result of more flying at Part 91 private operators and fractional providers, according to TraqPak data from aviation services company Argus. Fractional flying led the pack with a 7.9-percent increase from a year ago, with Part 91 activity up 6.5 percent. However, Part 135 charter flying dived last month by 5.8 percent versus May 2010, continuing a four-month slump in the segment on a year-over-year comparison basis. By aircraft category, large-cabin jet activity continued to dominate, posting a 10.5-percent rise. The midsize and light jet segments followed with increases of 5.3 and 4.2 percent, respectively, while turboprop flying fell by 2 percent from a year ago. Argus’s TraqPak data “is serial-number-specific aircraft arrival and departure information on all IFR flights in the U.S.”