Business aircraft activity in the U.S. increased for the 10th straight month, climbing 3.9 percent last month versus a year ago, making it the busiest September for business aviation since the same month in 2008, according to data released today by aviation services company Argus. For this month, Argus estimates that flying will increase by 0.9 percent year-over-year.
Operational categories were positive across the board, led by Part 91 flying, which climbed 4.0 percent last month versus a year ago. Part 135 charter flight activity grew by 3.8 percent year-over-year, while fractional flying increased by 3.1 percent. Overall flight activity was positive for all aircraft categories, as well, including turboprops. The gain of 0.7 percent marked the first rise for the category since June. Once again, large-cabin jets led the way with a gain of 7.4 percent, with usage of light and midsize jets up 6.0 percent and 4.1 percent, respectively. By individual segment, fractional light-jet flying logged the only double-digit year-over-year increase last month, at 20.7 percent more usage year-over year.
Argus TraqPak data provides “serial-number-specific aircraft arrival and departure information on all IFR flights in the U.S. and Canada.”