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 you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”

-Howard Guy of Design Q, a UK-based consultancy