Business aircraft activity rose nearly 4 percent in the first half of 2017 while flight hours increased 6 percent, according to a new TraqPak report from Argus International.
The report tracks business aircraft instrument flight rules arrivals and departures in the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii, and Canada.
The report, comparing activity with the same period in 2016, said among the three different types of business aircraft operations, charter rose the highest from a year ago, at 10 percent, while fractional operations increased more than 5 percent from last year.
Private business aircraft operations were flat from a year ago, the report said.
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Among four types of business aircraft, accumulated flight hours for the first six months of the year were the highest among mid-size business jets — 664,107 hours — which is the type of aircraft manufactured by Textron Aviation Cessna and Bombardier Learjet in Wichita.
Argus analysts are forecasting a 3 percent, year-over-year rise in business aviation activity between August and October.