November 2015 proved a positive month for business aviation activity, which increased 2.8 percent over November 2014, said ARGUS International, a company that collects and analyzes aviation industry data.
The largest gains in U.S. flight activity in the year-to-year comparison with November 2014 were in the Part 91 operational category, where activity increased 4.3 percent. Part 135 flight activity increased 1.3 percent, said the Cincinnati, Ohio-based company.
The fractional market posted its first yearly increase since the July 2015-to-July 2014 comparison, with a 0.6-percent rise, according to the report produced by ARGUS TRAQPak, a management software solution that provides market intelligence data and research services.
“Flight activity by aircraft category was positive across the board, with large cabin aircraft leading the way, up 5.4 percent. The turboprop market posted its ninth consecutive year over year increase, up 3.5 percent. Small and mid-sized cabin aircraft posted yearly flight activity gains of 2.1 percent and 1.3 percent respectively. The largest year over year gain for an individual segment occurred in the Fractional small cabin segment, which saw an increase of 10.1 percent,” ARGUS said in a news release.
November 2015 activity saw a “normal” decline from October 2015, down 6.8 percent. The turboprop market led decliners downward with a 9.2-percent drop-off in activity.
However, increased activity was recorded in the fractional large cabin segment, which was up 4.8 percent from October 2015.
According to ARGUS, TRAQPak “is a sophisticated aircraft activity analysis and market intelligence reporting tool that integrates the intelligence of the world’s largest business aviation databases, with FlightViewaircraft movement data and JETNET aircraft owner/operator contact information.” Reports derive data from “serial-number specific aircraft arrival and departure information on all IFR flights in the US, including Alaska and Hawaii, and Canada,” the company said.