Seeking the information that would enable it chart the best possible course two decades into the future, in September Addison airport began its strategic planning process with a survey. In this post, we’ll look a the responses provided by the T-hangar tenants. Inviting them by e-mail to spend a few minutes with the online survey, approximately 20 percent participated. After collating the data, the airport staff shared and discussed it with interested respondents, and collected more input at face-to-face meetings.
This survey was more involved than the one given to the airport’s businesses, which we covered in our last posts, because the hangar tenants are more diverse group who own and operate their airplanes for a multitude of reasons. Rather than delve into each of them, the survey asked the question in this graph. More than a third fly for their individual pleasure, with another fifth flying for business no more than four times a year.
We can share most of the responses to the 16 questions (18 if you include the comments and contact info fields) in the charts and tables that follow below. The others we can convey in a few words. A third of the respondents didn’t offer what rent they’d be willing to pay for a new 60-foot T-hangar with concrete pad and ramp. For those who did, rents ranged from $250 to $800 a month, with most around $400-$500. “Convenience” was the most common response to “What do you like about Addison Airport?” Half the respondents skipped “What new services or businesses would improve Addison Airport?” Among the other half, self-service fuel was the leading answer.
And now to the charts and tables in the order presented in the survey.
The next question asked “If you don’t purchase fuel at ADS, where do you purchase it?” A third of the respondents didn’t say, but those who did listed the airport identifiers for airports across Texas and as far east at Panama City Beach.