According to TRAQPak’s review of the year over year flight activity for October 2018 versus October 2017, there was an increase of 0.9%. The results by operational category were mixed with fractional activity posting the largest yearly increase, up 4.4% year over year. Part 91 activity posted an increase of 1.8%, while Part 135 activity declined for the fifth straight month, down 1.7%. The aircraft categories were mostly positive with mid-size jets posting the largest increase from 2017, up 2.5%. Light jets posted an increase of 0.3%, while large jets posted a 3.7% year over year decrease. Turboprops increased 1.9%. Looking ahead, TRAQPak analysts estimate there will be a 0.2% decrease in overall flight activity year over year in November 2018.

TRAQPak October 2018 private aviation flights

October business aviation flight activity posted a substantial month over month increase to finish up 8.9% from September 2018. Results by operational category were all positive for the month, with the Part 91 segment posting the largest monthly increase, up 9.5%. Part 135 flight activity posted an increase of 8.9% and Fractional flight activity increased by 6.5% for the month. Aircraft categories were all positive as well, with mid-size jets posting the largest increase, up 10.6%. Light jets followed with an increase of 9.3% while large jets and turboprops increased 8.5% and 7.4% respectively.

TRAQPak October versus September 2018 private jet flights

In terms of regional breakdown, the Southeast was tops in departures with 61,811 followed by the Upper Midwest at 36,959.

Private jet flights by region

About the Author Doug Gollan

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