WINGX Definitions

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Aircraft operators

are defined by operator type (branded charter, private, etc); by operator country HQ (flag); by Register (country, EG 9H). WINGX also capture and track the number of aircraft managed by each operator, and the number of aircraft active on each airport route. Hence aircraft activity can also be represented as utilisation rates (hours and cycles per aircraft unit).


Flight activity is located to and from airports, defined by ICAO/IATA and full-name. Activity is measured as departures but can also be measured as arrivals, and as movements (combining). On the dashboard, activity can be filtered by arrival airport, departure airport and pair.

Flight Sector Lengths: Flight sectors are categorised by different durations, with 0-30m considered Empty Legs, then short flights (1.5H), mid-range

Aircraft Types

All Aircraft in all Market Sectors identified by ICAO code/name, and variants of these types, also defined as Models, are tracked from each of these ICAO platforms.

Archived flights

WINGX have archived the analysis of more than a decade of global flight data, with dashboard views normally limited to last 12 months. If you require more archive, we can develope customised dashboard views and/or separate data-sets and analysis.

Business Aviation

WINGX define business aviation activity primarily around the flight records of business aviation aircraft, including jets, props and piston platforms, for non-scheduled activity only. Our wider definitions of business aviation also include rotary aircraft activity, and the non-scheduled movements of chartered airliner aircraft.

Business Aviation Operator Models

Mission analysis is also represented through our research of different aircraft operating models, as follows:

  • Aircraft Management – Operators mainly managing aircraft on behalf of private owners
  • Ambulance – Operators known to be dedicated to medical/hospital related purposes
  • Branded Charter – operators known to be primarily focused on chartering (including hours programs)
  • Cargo – Operators known to be specialist freight carriers
  • Fractional – Operators operating fleet on behalf of fractional owners
  • Private – Flight departments operating aircraft on behalf of Owners and Companies
  • Training/Demo/Maintenance – Flights to and from same airport, and flights from known dedicated Training schools
Business Aviation Flight Missions

Difference mission types are analysed and represented in our dashboards and offline reports. These may correspond to flight plan analysis, around Commercial and Non-Commercial flights, which can be broken down into certification such as AOC, or as Part 135, Part 91, Part 91K, and NCC.

Data processing

All flights and fleet data analysis is carried out by WINGX Advance through our proprietary harvesting of multiple data sources; our data verification, cleaning and processing methodology; our database query logic; and our integration of analytics into our reports, data sets and dashboards.


Fuel: Fuel volume is estimated by WINGX through calculation of the implied uplift, represented by the city pair sector operated, in terms of flight hours,
distance and specific aircraft type consumption. Fuel volume data is then represented as indicative fuel uplift by airport, departure, pair, aircraft type,
operator, in terms of unit level.

Flight Sources

The charts illustrated in this analysis source data from global flight activity sources including Air Traffic Control (ATC) such as FAA and Eurocontrol and ADSB-networks (such as Flight Radar 24).


WINGX standard regional categories are by continent. Sub-regional categories are also provided (EG Caribbean sub-region). Next levels down are Country; Region within Country (EG North-East United States); State (EG federal); Metro-Centre (City); Airport.;


WINGX infers home-base from the airport where an aircraft is “most used from” during a year, of all the airports it uses; it does not mean that this airport is its “official” base.


WINGX track each movement with respect to the MTOW and wing-dimensions of the aircraft in question, from which indicative Handling volumes
revenues can be identified.

Hybrid Aircraft Activity

aircraft activity which is not categorised as Business Aviation, Scheduled Airline or Scheduled Cargo, is categorised as Hybrid/Other. This may include ad hoc operations or aircraft outside the types conventionally used in Business Aviation (EG Charter airliners).


ATC records report all flight plans for aircraft filing flight plans, primarily Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). These records may exclude VFR (Visual Flight Rules) flights; these flights are mostly picked up by ADSB records.

OEM Types

All Aircraft are identified by OEM (airframe, engine, avionics). In terms of aircraft size, WINGX categorise aircraft by Business Aviation Segment from Bizliner and Ultra Long Range Jet, to Very Light Jets. These are also represented within a meta category of Large, Medium, and Small.


WINGX measures time on the ground, between arrival and departure, for all aircraft, to show ground-stay periods, and by aircraft dimensions, parking and hangarage requirements.

Reporting frequency

WINGX track live activity of all aircraft, with our most frequent reporting currently 24-48HR lagging. Our Daily Tracker dashboards show updates for day-day flight activity, enabling any specific days to be compared.

Scheduled Airline Operator Models

WINGX categorise Scheduled Airline operators as Legacy, Low Cost and Regional

Scheduled flight activity

WINGX also covers scheduled activity, both Airline and Cargo/Freight flights. Airline and Cargo activity is categorised by inclusion of all recognised Airline and Cargo operators. Cargo operations also include all aircraft types specifically used for cargo. We do not cargo-categorise those
operations where Airline aircraft are used periodically as cargo carriers.

Time Window

WINGX displays time window information at Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

Trend reporting

Our Monthly Tracker is aligned to our standard offline reporting, for month-month analysis, showing YOY, YTD, and L12M trends. If a non-standard specific time-frame is selected, the corresponding trend is for Period To Date (PTD))

Unique identifier

Aircraft can be identified by tail sign, and associated to an operator (except where ‘Under Research’), to a unique hardware identifier (EG Serial Number); to an age (since YOM); to an airport location (airport base, dependent on share of departure flights). As required we can also import ownership information.