ARGUS: Positive results for business aircraft activity May/April 2011


ARGUS TRAQPak data indicates that May 2011 business aircraft activity was up 3.6% over April 2011.

Looking at the results for operational categories, all segments posted a positive month with Part 91 leading the way, up 5.5%. Part 135 charter activity came in second, up 2.0%, and the fractional market showed a slight increase of 0.1%. Reviewing aircraft categories, all posted an increase over April with turbo props providing the highest increase up 5.4%. Mid-size cabin aircraft followed with an increase of 2.7%, small cabin aircraft flights were up 2.5%, and large cabin aircraft showed a modest gain, up 1.8%. Looking at individual market segments, the Part 91 mid-size cabin market showed the largest month over month increase, up 6.5%.

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 May 1-31, 2011 vs. April 1-30, 2011 and May 1-31, 2011 vs. May 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.

Comparing year over year results (May 2011 vs. May 2010) aircraft activity increased overall by 2.7%. The Part 91 and fractional markets both saw activity levels increase at 6.7% and 7.9% respectively. The Part 135 market continues to post a decline in activity compared to last year, down 5.8%. Aircraft category results were mostly positive, with large cabin leading the way, up 10.5%. The mid-size and small cabin segments followed with increases of 5.3% and 4.2% accordingly. Looking at individual market segments, the fractional, large cabin segment saw the largest gain with a substantial increase of 20.0%; the Part 135 turbo prop segment had the largest decline in flights, down 10.1% year over year.

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 | 9th June 2011 | Issue #129
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