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This Survey was completed by 44 people. The results of the survey appear below. I will publish my analysis of the results in the next issue of Q-talk (Issue #143) which will be e-mailed out to all QBA Members on October 31st, 2010.

       
1. How many of the following fly-ins did you attend in 2010? (Check all that apply.)
   
Response
Percent
Response
Count
Gulf Coast Fly-in - Pascagoula, MS
 
0.0%
0
Moutnain States Fly-in - Jean, NV
11.4%
5
Sun N' Fun - Lakeland, FL
11.4%
5
Spring Fling - Decorah, IA
11.4%
5
Airventure Oshkosh - Oshkosh, WI
22.7%
10
Livermore Fly-in - Livermore, CA
20.5%
9
Field of Dreams - Beatrice, NE
31.8%
14
None of the above
38.6%
17
 
answered question
44
 
skipped question
0
 
2. What kind of Fly-in do you like to attend? (Choose one of each, Crowd Size, Vendors, Aircraft, and Schedule.)
   
Response
Percent
Response
Count
Big crowds (Oshkosh)
30.2%
13
Medium Crowds (Sun N' Fun)
27.9%
12
Small Groups (Type Fly-ins)
67.4%
29
Lots of Vendors
27.9%
12
A couple of vendors would be nice
30.2%
13
I don't like seeing vendors
4.7%
2
I like to see lots of different types of airplanes
34.9%
15
A few different types are fine
18.6%
8
I like Tandem Wing/Canard type-only events
51.2%
22
I like "Quickie" type-only events
11.6%
5
I like the fly-in to be structured with lots of events scheduled
9.3%
4
I like fly-ins with a forum or two, and a scheduled dinner
41.9%
18
I don't like any scheduled events. I prefer lots of "hanger flying"
30.2%
13
Something else. . .
11.6%
5

I like BOTH Tandem wing and multi type fly-ins

Sun, Oct 10, 2010
2:04 PM

Like the old Oshkosh with one on one with the designers/builders

Sat, Oct 2, 2010
5:40 PM

Hangar lying with a forum or two is also fine Fri, Oct 1, 2010
11:26 AM
Relevant vendors are fine. I really like tandem wing events but does not have to limited to that. Fri, Oct 1, 2010
9:39 AM
fourms on Saturday and some flying in the afternoon Thu, Sep 30, 2010
10:28 AM
 
answered question
43
 
skipped question
1
 
3. Doug Humble stated that he no longer wishes to host the Field of Dreams fly-in at Beatrice, NE. If we have another person host the event, where would you like to have it?
   
Response
Percent
Response
Count
Beatrice, NE
27.3%
9
Orange, MA (KORE) - Dave Dugas
3.0%
1
North Eastern US
6.1%
2
South Eastern US
6.1%
2
North Mid State US
15.2%
5
South Mid State US
24.2%
8
North Western US
6.1%
2
South Western US
12.1%
4
Do you have a new location in mind?
Please tell us about it. . .
 
13

No other location in mind but if I got to choose, it would be as close to me as possible!

Sat, Oct 9, 2010
8:27 AM

no

Sat, Oct 9, 2010
6:18 AM

Monroe NC

It is southeast edge of Chralotte NC.

Plenty of lodging nearby as well as an airport that enjoys having people out there.

Some of the aera EAA members might be willing to help organize some things as they have a fairly good social group

Thu, Oct 7, 2010
3:40 AM
How many would fly - drive to ORE for a very low key fly-in with a clam / lobster feed for attendees in Sept or Oct? Tue, Oct 5, 2010
5:29 PM
Do it at Rough River with the other Canards. Next year is their 25th Ann. They are expecting a record number of all canards. Mon, Oct 4, 2010
11:34 AM
The trick is going to be to find someone that has the time and resouurces to organize the event. Some where in the Plains states would be good as a meeting point between the 2 coasts. Sat, Oct 2, 2010
5:40 PM
I'll go whereever the weather allows me. 2010 was a bust. Don't make any of the Q events, even though I was gassed up and packed to go. WX sucks. Fri, Oct 1, 2010
11:26 AM

no, just like to have another fly-in near the West Coast. I'm kinda of thinking NM or AZ (generally good weather, especially in the Fall.)

Fri, Oct 1, 2010
11:14 AM
I am not particular. Closer is better which certainly does not work out for everyone (never make everyone happy). Life often gets in the way and prevents attendance no matter how much desire there is.... Fri, Oct 1, 2010
9:39 AM
Possibly, Decorah, Sam Hoskins' home field, but Beatrice has been so good in the past, sure don't mind a bit staying there; we have all we need really close by, and the airport is outstanding.
Fri, Oct 1, 2010
12:18 AM
Anywhere in the midwest. Thu, Sep 30, 2010
7:26 PM
Beatrice is the best location I have been to in the central states. Thu, Sep 30, 2010
11:02 AM
Anywhere is really fine with me. It really should be where we can get the most attendees.
Thu, Sep 30, 2010
8:52 AM
 
answered question
33
 
skipped question
11
 
4. How do you like to make Hotel/Motel reservations? (Please choose one.)
   
Response
Percent
Response
Count
I like the organizers to reserve a block of rooms
31.7%
13
I like to make my own room reservations
48.8%
20
I would prefer to camp on the field (if allowed)
12.2%
5
Other (please specify)
7.3%
3

all of the above....choices

Tue, Oct 5, 2010
5:29 PM

Makes no difference. Arranging for a good rate is helpful.

Fri, Oct 1, 2010
9:39 AM

Great if the organizer could arrange for a group discount like at Beatrice or Livermore, so that most of the whole bunch can be at the same location, for lobby chats at the end of the evening, breakfast together, etc.; and to help with a discounted price too. Not necessarily reserving a whole block of rooms, but making a discount available for any attending. Beatrice and Livermore worked out great! Fri, Oct 1, 2010
12:18 AM
 
answered question
41
 
skipped question
3
 
5. If you're staying at a hotel/motel what amenities do you expect/require? (Check all that apply.)
   
Response
Percent
Response
Count
Free High Speed Internet (wired ethernet)
14.3%
6
Free High Speed Internet (wireless)
52.4%
22
Paid High Speed Internet (wired ethernet)
 
0.0%
0
Paid High Speed Internet (wireless)
 
0.0%
0
Full Kitchen
 
0.0%
0
Microwave
19.0%
8
Refrigerator
23.8%
10
Cable TV
33.3%
14
HBO, Cinemax, etc.
4.8%
2
Multi Bedroom Suites Available
 
0.0%
0
Multiple Beds in the same room available (Two doubles, Two Queens, etc.)
21.4%
9
Sink in the bathroom
28.6%
12
Tub in the bathroom
21.4%
9
Bathroom in the room (Not out in the hall)
69.0%
29
Other (please specify)
23.8%
10

can walk to airport from room

Sun, Oct 10, 2010
2:04 PM

irrelevant

Wed, Oct 6, 2010
3:18 PM

don' care Tue, Oct 5, 2010
5:29 PM
close to the field Mon, Oct 4, 2010
1:34 PM
Standard Mon, Oct 4, 2010
10:36 AM
Shower and toilet. The rest is irrelevant, there for the fly-in. Fri, Oct 1, 2010
9:39 AM
A hotel like the New Victorian was perfect, nice room, not overly frilly, but at a reasonable price. Even Motel 6 would work for me, i don't spend too much time in the room on Fly-in's anyway, just there to sleep... time is better spent at the airport, or talking with our friends in the lobby. Fri, Oct 1, 2010
12:18 AM

clean & reasonable price

Thu, Sep 30, 2010
7:26 PM
Bedroom in the bathroom Thu, Sep 30, 2010
4:46 PM
The weather channel is useful on TV
Thu, Sep 30, 2010
8:52 AM
 
answered question
42
 
skipped question
2
 
6. What type of meals do you prefer at the fly-ins?
(Choose one of each: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks.)
   
Response
Percent
Response
Count
Breakfast (I want a hotel that serves breakfast)
65.9%
27
Breakfast (I want to go out to a diner/restaurant)
24.4%
10
Breakfast (I want the organizers to provide breakfast at the fly-in field)
7.3%
3
Breakfast (I bring my own food)
2.4%
1
Lunch (I want to go out to a diner/restaurant near the field)
46.3%
19
Lunch (I want the organizers to provide lunch at the fly-in field)
39.0%
16
Lunch (I bring my own food)
4.9%
2
Dinner (I want to go out to a diner/restaurant)
56.1%
23
Dinner (I want the organizers to have a BBQ/Clam Bake at the fly-in field)
24.4%
10
Dinner (I bring my own food)
2.4%
1
Snacks/Soda (I'd like to have the organizers provide them)
29.3%
12
Snacks/Soda (I'll find/bring my own)
31.7%
13
Other (please specify)
17.1%
7

I don't care as long as we can sit together and talk at dinner

Sun, Oct 10, 2010
2:04 PM

make a Luch at field available catered BBQ orsomething

Thu, Oct 7, 2010
3:40 AM

irrelevant Wed, Oct 6, 2010
3:18 PM
How about a reasonable price for the basics. (not the $10+/burger & $2+/drink) Mon, Oct 4, 2010
1:34 PM
I don't attend for food. Options nearby or a roach coach or .... Fri, Oct 1, 2010
9:39 AM
What ever is close and convient. Thu, Sep 30, 2010
7:26 PM
Doesn't really matter - as long as there is food available SOMEWHERE! Thu, Sep 30, 2010
8:52 AM
 
answered question
41
 
skipped question
3
 
7. Would you be willing to pay a fee if Lunch/Dinner were provided by the organizers Friday and Saturday? (Assuming a weekend fly-in.)
   
Response
Percent
Response
Count
No, this isn't important to me
20.9%
9
No, I have a dietary restriction (Allergy, Medical Condition, etc.)
4.7%
2
Yes, I would pay $10
4.7%
2
Yes, I would pay $20
39.5%
17
Yes, I would pay $30
9.3%
4
Yes, I would pay $40
9.3%
4
Yes, I would pay $50
2.3%
1
Other (please specify)
9.3%
4

Good Idea, but I would like the option to say no when I purchased the ticket to the event.

Mon, Oct 4, 2010
1:34 PM

Yes, price depends on quality of food. I don't want to pay $50 for pizza but would for a big steak.

Fri, Oct 1, 2010
9:39 AM

Like paying as I go. Most times I'm lucky to get 24 hrs. free time. Thu, Sep 30, 2010
9:45 PM
I would pay whatever the organizer asks Thu, Sep 30, 2010
11:02 AM
 
answered question
43
 
skipped question
1
 
8. Which of the following incentives would most likely encourage you to attend a fly-in you would have otherwise skipped?
   
Response
Percent
Response
Count
Proximity to home
51.2%
22
Good Food
 
0.0%
0
Aviation relevant Door Prizes
 
0.0%
0
Fly-in Proximity to Amenities (Hotels, Restaurants, Shopping, Casinos)
18.6%
8
Some Free or Discounted Fuel for Pilots who fly to the event
9.3%
4
Other (please specify)
20.9%
9

camaraderie, contacts

Wed, Oct 6, 2010
3:18 PM

Total distance to fly. 500 miles or less.

Tue, Oct 5, 2010
6:14 AM

Good eduicational opportunities relevant to homebuilt aircraft Sat, Oct 2, 2010
5:40 PM
VFR weather Fri, Oct 1, 2010
11:26 AM
Given the 'otherwise skipped' part. A super-duper tech speaker (Lipps, Schubert, etc...) or friends. Fri, Oct 1, 2010
9:39 AM
all the above Fri, Oct 1, 2010
6:08 AM
Just the fact of getting together with our fellow aviators is enough to get me to a fly-in, i don't really need or care about the other frills. Fri, Oct 1, 2010
12:18 AM

Being an active builder or flyer is all the incentive I need. Work towards getting inactive builders busy

Thu, Sep 30, 2010
9:45 PM
All of the above are good ideas Thu, Sep 30, 2010
8:52 AM
 
answered question
43
 
skipped question
1