June 17, 2009
By Thomas A. Horne
ARG/US a business aviation consultancy based in Cincinnati, reports that arrival and departure activity among turboprops is on the upswing. Compared to May 2008, the number of turboprops operated in May 2009 increased 6.9 percent (in FAR Part 91 operations) and 6 percent (in fractional ownership operations).
Among jet aircraft, the only categories with increased activity were Part 91 mid-size jets, at 0.3 percent. The biggest activity drops were among fractional small-cabin jets (45.7 percent) and Part 135 turboprops (44.7 percent).
Among all categories of turbine-powered business jets—turboprops and small, mid-size, and large-cabin jets—combined activity levels were down 15.5 percent in May 2009 compared to May 2008.
ARG/US estimates that flight activity has dropped an average 0.73 percent per month for the past 12 months.
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
VOLUNTEER AT AN AOPA FLY-IN NEAR YOU!
SHARE YOUR PASSION. VOLUNTEER AT AN AOPA FLY-IN. CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>
VOLUNTEER LOCALLY AT AOPA FLY-IN! CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>
BE A PART OF THE FLY-IN VOLUNTEER CREW! CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>