Bizav Flight Activity Dipped Slightly in September
U.S. business aircraft flight activity in September rolled back slightly from a year ago, decreasing 1.3 percent, according to TraqPak data from aviation services company Argus. Part 91 operations remained in positive territory, with a year-over-year increase of 2 percent, but fractional flying led the pack, climbing by 2.7 percent. Meanwhile, Part 135 charter activity fell for the eighth consecutive month, this time by 8.4 percent from September 2010. Aircraft category results were mixed, with midsize jet flying up 1 percent, followed by light jets at 0.7 percent. Large-cabin jets and turboprops declined -0.1 percent and -4 percent, respectively. Argus also issued a special analysis of flight activity, which found that overall growth has been relatively stagnant over the past three years. It also confirmed that flight activity closely tracks stock market gains and losses, and that charter activity falls as fuel prices rise.