Bizav Flying Declined in December

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Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 11:30am

Business aircraft flying activity in the U.S. fell 2.2 percent in December, compared with the same month a year ago, according to data from aviation services company Argus. While Part 91 (corporate) flying increased 2.1 percent compared with December 2010, fractional and charter flights declined 3.6 and 8.4 percent respectively. Flights of large-cabin jets were down 6.3 percent, followed by turboprops (down 2.4 percent) and midsize jets (down 2.3 percent). Light jets eked out a 0.6 percent rise in flying activity. The data reflects “serial-number-specific aircraft arrival and departure information on all IFR flights in the U.S.”

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““When I made the film The Invention of Lying, they gave me a private jet for getting back and forth between New York and London. I thought, ‘I will never use it’ but I ended up using it every weekend. You turn up, right, and the airport is completely empty. I mean, there’s just someone at the desk and then the pilot, who says, ‘Are you ready to go?’ and you say, ‘Don’t you want to see my passport?’ and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better.’” ”

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