Business Jet Traveler's 4th Annual Readers' Choice Survey

Once again, our annual Readers’ Choice Survey has produced a record response. We heard from more than 1,200 of you this year, a 13 percent increase from 2013. Our thanks to everyone who took the time to participate.

For those of us who care about the vitality of the bizav industry, one of the current survey’s most notable results was the response to the question, “How do you expect your private flying to change in the year ahead?” Nearly 40 ­percent of you said that you planned to fly a bit or much more over the next 12 months. By comparison, fewer than 10 percent anticipate flying a bit or much less.

Click below for details about why BJT readers fly privately, what aircraft features matter most to them, how they rate aircraft manufacturers, what models they’d most like to own and more. 

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Always enjoy participating in the survey and reading the results; but I wish you'd drop some of the old, outdated aircraft models on the survey that either won't be flying after 2015 due to Stage III noise requirements, or because they simply aren't used anymore by charter/fractional operators.

Examples of aircraft which I believe should be dropped from the "Wished-For Aircraft" section: any of the Lear 20-series (24-25-28-29); Mitsubishi Diamond IA (perhaps use Beechjet instead); and the Falcon 20/200.

I also question the inclusion of the Lear 40/45 (now 70/75) and the CJ-4 in the "mid-size cabin" group. When I think of mid-size cabin, I think of a cabin that I can stand upright or nearly fully upright and walk around inside, such as the Hawker 800 class. The Lear 70/75 and CJ-4 would be better grouped with the "light jet" group.

Looking at the demographics, the information does not make a lot of sense. If 89% have owned a fractional share and 58.4% owned a jet or turboprop, then do all fractional owners own an aircraft? If they do, then you would expect the percentage of those who have owned an aircraft to be larger than those who owned a fractional share. If they do not, then one would expect the aggregate of the two to be less than 100%. The responses are not consistent. Do all jet card holders use charter operators? The numbers do not bear out any consistency. The question of "Which of the following best describes you?", is also telling of the inconsistency. 34.8% of the respondents describe themselves as pilots only. Are these respondents answers for the questions of "What's the purpose of your flights?" included in the survey. A pilot who is not the owner/operator, would always be flying for business, yet there are 34.8% pilots and 34.1% business only flyers. These inconsistencies make me question the validity and accuracy of any of the responses. As a charter operator, do I really care what airplane my pilot likes to fly in or what cabin feature they like. It's the people who really utilize and pay for corporate aviation that I would like to hear from in a scientifically conducted survey with vetted respondents.
Thank you for listening!

The demographic data is correct but the color coding in a fiew of the online-only pie charts was not. We've now made corrections. Thanks for calling this to our attention.—Jeff Burger, Editor 

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