Bizav Flight Activity Recovery Hits Turbulence

 - August 17, 2010, 12:05 PM

After months of posting positive trends, the recovery in business aircraft flight activity sputtered last month, falling 0.9 percent from a year ago, according to TraqPak data released yesterday by aviation information services firm Argus. What stings even more is the fact that July 2009 flight activity was down 7.9 percent from July 2008, meaning last month's data is almost 9 percent below mid-2008 levels. Breaking down the numbers by aircraft category, only midsize jets trended in positive territory in July, with flight activity rising 4.6 percent year-over-year. Turboprop activity fell the hardest at -5 percent, followed by large-cabin jets (-3.7 percent) and light jets (-0.4 percent). By operator type, the fractionals saw flight activity climb by 3 percent, despite a 9.7-percent decrease in large-cabin fractional flying. Part 135 charter operations were essentially flat–up by 0.1 percent–while Part 91 flying descended by 2.7 percent. Looking at individual market segments, the Part 135 midsize sector had the greatest increase, logging a 13.4-percent jump over July last year. Argus's TraqPak data “is serial-number-specific aircraft arrival and departure information on all IFR flights in the U.S.”