ARGUS Releases March 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 March 1-31, 2011 vs. February 1-28, 2011 and March 1-31, 2011 vs. March 1-31, 2010 respectively. Note: Part 135 charter certificate flight activity reflects flights of aircraft on Part 135 charter certificates irrespective of the mission type.

March flight activity shows significant increase over the previous month. TRAQPak data indicates March business aircraft activity was up 17.2% over February. Looking at operational categories, the Part 91 market segment saw the biggest month over month increase at 18.6%. The fractional segment came in second, up 17.0%, and the Part 135 market was positive as well at 15.0%. Reviewing aircraft categories, the turboprop market saw the biggest month over month increase, up 19.5%. Small and mid-size cabin followed with increases of 18.2% and 15.2% respectively. The large cabin market also posted an increase at 12.7%.

Comparing year over year results (March 2011 vs. March 2010), aircraft activity increased 4.7%. The Part 91 and fractional markets both saw activity increase at 9.5% and 5.7% respectively. The Part 135 market was the only sector that saw a decline in activity, down 3.2% year over year. In reviewing aircraft category results, large cabin and mid-size jets were up 9.4% and 6.4%. The turboprop sector experienced an increase of 3.4%. Looking at individual market segments, Part 91 large cabin jets showed the largest gain with an increase of 12.1%.

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


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