Business aircraft flight activity last month dipped by 0.4 percent from a year ago, due primarily to a steep drop in Part 135 turboprop and light jet flying, according to TraqPak data released yesterday by aviation services company Argus. The fractional and Part 91 markets each saw flight activity increase, by 6.5 percent and 2.5 percent year-over-year, respectively.
In the first quarter, general aviation airplane shipments fell 4.6 percent, from 390 aircraft last year to 372 this year, according to data released today by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). However, GA airplane billings dived by 19.6 percent year-over-year to $3.7 billion in the first three months, due primarily to a 22-percent drop in business jet shipments, from 164 aircraft to 128.
AIN senior editor Kirby Harrison spoke with Piaggio America president and CEO John Bingham about the business aircraft market, as well as the company’s future plans for the Avanti II turboprop twin and the P1XX jet program.
The total number of U.S.-registered business turbine accidents in the first quarter of this year was one fewer than in the same period last year, but the number of fatalities in turboprop crashes increased. According to data compiled by AIN, nine jets and 11 turboprops were involved in accidents in the first quarter, compared with four jets and 13 turboprops in the first three months of last year.
Judging by figures released at a Paris press briefing on January 20, the waning resurgence of the commercial turboprop market has, if anything, resumed at a stronger pace than at any other time since the segment began reclaiming lost ground from the regional jet market a half-decade ago, at least for Franco-Italian manufacturer ATR.
Thanks to Part 91 operators, overall U.S. business aircraft flight activity eked out a 0.5-percent increase last month versus a year ago, according to TraqPak data released yesterday by aviation services company Argus. Part 91 activity rose a healthy 6 percent year-over-year, but the Part 135 charter and Part 91K fractional segments both saw activity fall by 7.2 percent and 0.5 percent, respectively.
Funes, Argentina-based Alagro Fumigaciones has been named a GE Aviation-authorized service center for the M601 and H80 turboprop engines. As part of the agreement, Alagro Fumigaciones will offer line maintenance, removal and re-installation of engines and LRUs, and engine spares for the M601 and H80 engine series. GE Aviation will provide Alagro with material support and training.
Piper PA-46-500TP, Port Mansfield, Texas, Oct. 29, 2010–The pilot told investigators that just after gear retraction on a Part 91 flight from Charles Johnson Airport, the Meridian’s engine sputtered and quit, forcing him to fly under power lines and attempt to land in a semi-open field. The left wing struck a tree, spinning the turboprop single 180 degrees before it came to a stop, substantially damaged.
Judging by figures released at a Paris press briefing on January 20, the waning resurgence of the commercial turboprop market has, if anything, resumed at a stronger pace than at any time since the segment began reclaiming lost ground from the regional jet market a half-decade ago, at least for Franco-Italian manufacturer ATR.
Overall business aircraft flight activity climbed 4.4 percent last month year-over-year, bolstered by a double-digit-percent resurgence in Part 91 corporate operations, according to TraqPak data released today by aviation services company Argus. Part 91 flying climbed 10 percent in December compared with the same month in 2009, which followed a year-over-year 12.2-percent increase in November.