ARGUS Releases February Business Aircraft Activity


ARGUS TRAQPak data is serial-number specific aircraft arrival and departure information on all IFR flights in the US (including Alaska and Hawaii). The tables below reflect business aircraft activity data for February 1-28, 2011 vs. January 1-31, 2011 and February 1-28, 2011 vs. February 1-28, 2010 respectively. Note: Part 135 charter certificate flight activity reflects flights of aircraft on Part 135 charter certificates irrespective of the mission type.

February 2011 flight activity essentially holds steady with January levels. TRAQPak data indicates February business aircraft activity was up only slightly over January at 0.1%. Looking at operational categories, the fractional market segment saw a month over month increase, of 3.3%., Part 91 was essentially flat at .6%, and the Part 135 market was off from January, down -1.9%. Reviewing aircraft categories, the large and mid-size cabin markets saw month over month increases, up 1.0% and 3.2%. Small cabin and turboprops both saw decreases from the previous month, down -1.0% and -1.5% respectively.

Comparing year over year results (February 2011 vs. February 2010) aircraft activity was down -0.5%. The Part 135 and fractional markets both saw activity decrease, down -8.7% and -3.0% respectively. The Part 91 segment showed positive results with a 5.8% increase year over year. Reviewing aircraft category results, large cabin and mid-size jets were up 2.5% and 1.3% in that order. The turboprop sector saw a decrease from last February, down -3.1%. Looking at individual market segments, Part 91 small cabin jets showed a strong rebound in activity over last year with an increase of 10.3%.

TRAQPak Aircraft Categories

  • Turbo Prop Single Engine Turboprop Aircraft and Multi-Engine Turboprop Aircraft

  • Small Cabin Jet Very Light Jets (VLJ) and Light Jets (LJ)-Jet aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight of less than 20,000lbs.

  • Mid Size Cabin Jet Mid-size Jets (MJ) and Super Mid-size Jets (SMJ) - Jet aircraft with maximum takeoff weight of over 20,000 to 41,000 lbs.

  • Large Cabin Jet Large Jets, Ultra-Long Range and Heavy Jets Jet aircraft with maximum takeoff weight of over 41,000 lbs. For weight over 41,000 lbs and Ultra-Long Range and Heavy Jets having an NBAA IFR Range above 6,000NM.

ARGUS International, Inc. (ARGUS) is the industry leader in providing specialized aviation services to companies that manufacture, finance, operate, maintain, and market commercial and business aircraft, as well providing products and services to end-user consumers worldwide. ARGUS is the worldwide leader in performing on-site safety audits for corporate flight departments, charter operators, and commercial airlines. Founded in 1995, key ARGUS services include Charter Evaluation & Qualification (CHEQ) and CHEQPoint, PRISM Safety Management Support systems and training, TRAQPak market intelligence data service, aircraft operating cost reports, market research, and aviation and travel consulting. 

ARGUS is headquartered in Cincinnati, OH, with additional offices in Philadelphia, PA, Denver, CO, and Columbus, OH. For more information, visit


BlueSky Business Aviation News | 17th March 2011 | Issue #117
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