Business Aviation Flight Activity Levels Off

 - September 20, 2011, 11:25 AM

Business aircraft flight activity in the U.S. last month mostly maintained status quo from a year ago, barely increasing by 0.2 percent, according to TraqPak data from aviation services company Argus. As it has for much of the year, Part 91 flying led the pack, with a year-over-year climb of 4.9 percent. Fractional flying, which has trended positive in recent months, contracted by 0.6 percent last month. Meanwhile, Part 135 charter activity fell for the seventh consecutive month, this time descending by 6.9 percent from August 2010. By aircraft category, midsize jets led with a 3.4-percent year-over-year increase, followed by large-cabin and light jets with respective 3-percent and 2.4-percent gains. Turboprop flying deflated by 3.5 percent compared with a year ago. Looking at individual market segments, Part 91 light jet activity saw the largest gain, with an increase of 10.3 percent. Conversely, fractional light jet flying was hit hard, falling 16.6 percent from a year ago. Part 135 turboprop flying also recorded a double-digit decline, falling 11.7 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.”