Business Aviation Flying Activity Grows Again

 - December 8, 2011, 3:10 PM

Year-over-year business aircraft flying activity grew slightly by one percent, according to TraqPak data released this week by aviation services company Argus. The greatest growth during the past year was in the small-cabin-jet category, at 2.1 percent, followed by midsize cabins at 1.7 percent. Turboprop activity grew 1.1 percent, while large-cabin jets dropped by 2.8 percent. By type of operation, the most significant growth occurred in the small-cabin Part 91 segment, up by 10.5 percent. That growth offset a drop in small-cabin activity by Part 135 (-8.5 percent) and fractional (-11.9 percent). Part 91 for all aircraft sizes grew by 4 percent, while Part 135 dropped 3.3 percent and fractional dropped 0.6 percent. According to Argus, “Aircraft category results reversed last month’s negative trend to finish mostly positive in November. All aircraft segments, with the exception of large cabin, posted a year-over-year increase led by small-cabin aircraft. November 2011 flight activity was higher than November 2008 and 2009 as well.” Argus’s TraqPak data “is serial-number-specific aircraft arrival and departure information on all IFR flights in the U.S.”