August 18, 2010
By Thomas A. Horne
Cincinnati-based Aviation Research Group/U.S. (ARGUS) reports that July 2010 business flying was up slightly from June 2010 levels. In all, flying increased by 0.6 percent over the previous month. Fractional turboprop activity was the busiest sector, with a 15.2-percent increase over June 2010 flying; small-cabin fractional flying was up 12.6 percent.
As for FAR Part 91 operations, the picture is more subdued. July 2010 Part 91 turboprop activity was down by 4.3 percent compared to July 2009 levels. Other Part 91 flying category levels were down compared to last July, with small cabin jets down 0.9 percent, and large cabin jet activity down by 6.3 percent. Only the mid-size jets had increases over last July’s numbers—and at 0.2 percent it wasn’t much of an increase.
July 2010 Part 135 charter activity was also down compared to July 2009, with a decline of 0.1 percent.
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.
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
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