July Bizav Flight Activity Cools, Says Argus

 - August 28, 2011, 4:40 AM

Business aircraft flight activity in the U.S. reversed course in July after trending in positive territory for much of the first half of this year, according to TraqPak data released by aviation services company Argus. Comparing year-over-year results, business aircraft flying was down 2.2 percent in July thanks to an 8.6-percent decrease in charter activity. This marks the sixth straight month that Part 135 charter flying has dragged down the overall results. Part 91 and fractional flying rose marginally by just 1 percent and 0.9 percent, respectively. By aircraft category, large-cabin jet activity climbed by 4.6 percent year-over-year; midsize, up 3.6 percent; light jet, down 1.3 percent; and turboprop, down 7.5 percent. Argus’s TraqPak data “is serial-number-specific aircraft arrival and departure information on all IFR flights in the U.S.”