Voting begins soon for FltPlan’s Pilot’s Choice Awards

Pilot voting starts Feb. 1 for FltPlan’s 2014 Pilots’ Choice Awards, which recognizes favorite United States FBOs, top U.S. FBOs by region, small and large FBO chains, Canadian, Caribbean and Mexican FBOs, ATC Center, ATC Tower, and customs and border protection.

The 2014 Pilots’ Choice Awards survey is open to the group of over 140,000 active pilots on FltPlan representing over 65% of all business aviation, according to company officials.

“The Pilots’ Choice Awards is a pilot survey not a reader survey,” said Ken Wilson, president of, the internet-based source of flight planning tools. “As a pilot survey, it is the most accurate way to judge FBOs because pilots are the people who walk in and use the FBO.”

Now in its fifth year, the Pilots’ Choice Awards recognizes FBOs that provide arrival and departure services for private and business aircraft at more than 5,000 U.S. airports. FltPlan allocates one ballot per pilot per user account. For example, a FltPlan user that has 10 pilots in its account receives 10 ballots.

In 2011 FltPlan added two new awards, Star FBO and ACE FBO. The Star category was created by using airport arrival data to generate a ranking that takes into account the traffic at an airport and the amount of competition on the field. The ACE FBO award recognizes the FBOs who received the most votes at airports with fewer arrivals allowing some of the smaller FBOs to receive accolades for great service as well.

FltPlan, now in its 14th year on the web, supports pilots with services ranging from flight plan filing, FBO/airport information, flight tracking, certified eAPIS submissions, SMS (IS-BAO and ACSF), runway analysis, weight and balance, eLogbook program, Mexican/Caribbean/Central America handling, Mexican and Cuban overflight services, pre-departure clearances, FAA-approved certified weather, and participation in the FAA’s CDM program.

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