Business aircraft flying activity last month in the U.S. slipped by 1.3 percent from a year ago, according to TraqPak data released on Tuesday by aviation services company Argus. Part 91 flying still leads the operational category segment, but managed to eke out only a 0.3-percent gain. Part 135 charter activity dipped slightly–1.4 percent–while fractional flying dropped by 6.7 percent on a year-over-year basis.
Aircraft category results were negative across all business jet segments, though turboprop flying emerged as a bright contrast to the gloomy numbers, climbing by 0.6 percent. Light, midsize and large-cabin jet activity declined by 1.1 percent, 3.5 percent and 1.6 percent, respectively.
Part 91 light and midsize jets showed the most significant year-over-year increases, growing by 1.5 percent and 1.9 percent, respectively. This continues an eight-month trend. Meanwhile, light-jet fractional flying again fell the hardest, this time down 13.5 percent from a year ago.
Argus TraqPak data provides “serial-number-specific aircraft arrival and departure information on all IFR flights in the U.S.”