What Would Jesus Fly? – April 2023
Liberty University Again Tops “Pastors and Planes” List
EDITOR’S NOTE: Barry Bowen of The Trinity Foundation compiled the flight information for this project.
April was a busy month for pastors and their planes. Pastors and ministry leaders made 371 flights, matching an equally busy March, and significantly exceeding February’s total of 323.5 flights.
Liberty University once again topped the list, making 27 flights in its Hawker B200GT. That plane is better known as a King Air. It’s a turboprop plane widely used as a corporate travel aircraft. It’s also widely used by the government and military, and as an air ambulance.
The Dallas-based Trinity Foundation has been tracking the use of private aircraft by ministries and churches. Recently the Trinity Foundation started posting graphics on Twitter to track daily usage. (You can find that Twitter account, @PastorPlanes, here.)
MinistryWatch and The Trinity Foundation began working together in January to make that project – and these flight data — better known to the public. That goal led us to produce the list you see below. It identifies the number of flights by ministries and pastors during the month of March. We have also included the type of airplane and its estimated hourly operating cost. For those of you who are “planespotters” and enjoy using such services as FlightAware to do tracking of your own, we have also included the tail number of the planes.
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