Part 135 Segment Stalls, Drags Down Business Aviation Flying Stats

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. But, as in March, flying by Part 135 operators was down last month compared with a year ago, this time by 7.7 percent. By aircraft category, large-cabin and midsize jet flight activity was up by 4.5 percent and 3.5 percent, respectively. Both the turboprop and light jet segments reported a decrease, down 4.2 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively. Looking at individual market segments, fractional large-cabin flying saw the largest gain with a double-digit increase of 15.4 percent. Meanwhile, the Part 135 turboprop segment experienced the largest decline, down 13 percent year-over-year, with Part 135 light jet flying not far behind at -9.3 percent. Argus’s TraqPak data “is serial-number-specific aircraft arrival and departure information on all IFR flights in the U.S.”

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