ARG/US: Bizav Flight Activity Highest Since Oct.’08

 - October 13, 2009, 11:30 AM

Business aircraft flight activity last month was at its highest level since last October, according to data released yesterday by aviation services company Aviation Research Group/U.S. (ARG/US). The firm’s TraqPak data–which includes serial-number-specific business aircraft arrivals and departures for all IFR flights originating and/or terminating in the U.S.–indicates that business aircraft activity last month increased 2.7 percent from August and climbed 0.4 percent year-over-year. Leading the recovery are Part 91 operators, logging a 4.9-percent increase in flight activity last month versus a year ago. Part 135 flying was down just 3.5 percent compared with the same month last year, while fractional activity fell 7.7 percent, ARG/US data shows. However, fractional turboprop flying is up 24.4 percent, thanks to fractional provider Avantair. Turboprop aircraft activity showed the strongest recovery at 11.1 percent versus the year-ago period, with large-cabin jets showing the greatest decline at -12.7 percent compared with September 2008. Light jet activity last month slipped by 5.7 percent versus last year, though midsize jet flights inched up by 0.4 percent. Still, total flight activity for the last 12 months versus the preceding 12-month period is off by 20.3 percent, ARG/US said.