TRAQPak data indicates that December 2011 business aircraft flight activity declined from November 2011, falling 6.1% from the previous month.
A look at the individual operational categories shows a decrease across the board led by Part 91, which was down 8.9% from the previous month. Fractional activity followed, down 3.4%, and Part 135 finished down 2.3%.
All aircraft categories were down month over month with large cabin aircraft showing the most significant decline off 8.1% from November. Mid-Size cabin aircraft activity was down 7.5%, followed by small cabin jets down 5.8%. The largest individual market decrease was in the Part 91 large cabin market which posted a 10.2% month over month decrease. Large cabin fractional saw an increase up 4.3% over November.
Comparing year over year results (December 2011 vs. December 2010) overall aircraft activity declined 2.2% from last year. Comparing the operational categories, the Part 91 market remained positive with a 2.1% increase over December 2010. The Part 135 and fractional markets both experienced a year over year decline, off 8.4% & 3.6% respectively. Aircraft category results were generally negative for December 2011.
All aircraft segments, with the exception of small cabin, posted a year over year decrease that was led by large cabin aircraft, down 6.3%. Mid-size cabin followed, down 2.3%, and turboprops were down 2.4%. Small cabin aircraft showed slightly positive, up 0.6% from December 2010. Reviewing individual categories, Part 91 small cabin jets showed a significant improvement over last year with a 9.4% increase year over year.