Business aircraft flying activity in the U.S. slid 0.9 percent in January versus the year-ago period, according to TraqPak data from aviation services company Argus. This marks the second consecutive month of erosion on a year-over-year basis.
While Part 91 flying climbed by 4.5 percent over January 2011, it wasn’t enough to offset losses of 6.3 percent and 8.3 percent, respectively, at the fractional and charter providers. Flying activity at Part 135 charter operators has now declined for 12 consecutive months.
Aircraft category results were mixed. Turboprop and light jet activity was up marginally by 0.5 percent and 0.6 percent, respectively; midsize jet flying fell by 2.1 percent and large-cabin jets dropped by 4.3 percent. By individual market segment, Part 91 light jet activity again led the pack, reporting gains of 8.4 percent. Part 91 midsize jets weren’t far behind at +7.6 percent. Meanwhile, Part 135 light and large-cabin jet flying reported the largest drops, with activity sinking 10.9 percent and 10.2 percent, respectively.
Argus TraqPak data “is serial-number-specific aircraft arrival and departure information on all IFR flights in the U.S.”