Business aircraft flying activity last month in the U.S. increased again year-over-year, with traffic rising 1.6 percent, according to TraqPak data released yesterday by aviation services company Argus. Notably, Part 135 charter flying moved into positive territory for the first time in 16 months, climbing by 0.9 percent from a year ago. Part 91 activity still dominated by operational category, and increased 4.3 percent from a year ago. However, activity at fractional providers appeared to worsen, falling 6.9 percent year-over-year.
Aircraft category results were positive on the lower end and negative on the higher end. Turboprop flying led the pack, climbing by 5.3 percent, while light jet activity rose 0.7 percent from May 2011. Midsize jet flying fell a scant 0.1 percent and large-cabin jet activity slid 3.1 percent.
By individual market segment, for the seventh month in a row Part 91 light and midsize jets showed the most significant year-over-year increases, at 5.9 percent and 5.6 percent, respectively. Light-jet fractional flying fell the hardest, down 12.8 percent from a year ago. Argus TraqPak data is “serial-number-specific aircraft arrival and departure information on all IFR flights in the U.S.”