June 4, 2009
Alaska aircraft owners are currently being encouraged to take part in the FAA’s 2008 GA Survey. Last year, as a result of increased participation, the FAA found that Alaskans flew 200,000 more general aviation flight hours than the agency had originally estimated. The Alaska Aviation Coordination Council and AOPA helped promote participation in the 2007 General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey. The efforts resulted in a huge cache of unaccounted for flight hours; enough to bump the total state flight hours from 600,000 to 800,000.
All owners and operators of Alaskan-based aircraft will receive an invitation to participate in this study, which can be completed online. Taking the survey is one of the most beneficial ways to give back to general aviation.
The survey data provides valuable insight into the impact of safety initiatives. State flight hour totals are particularly important, due to the fact that they provide a litmus test for the health of any given aviation community. When local and state governments look to cut spending, general aviation and flight schools are often high on the list of expendable programs. Hence, surveys that discover huge untapped caches of GA statistics are extremely valuable to the aviation community as a whole.
The survey does not take more than a few minutes to complete. To fill out the survey online, log in using your aircraft’s N-number. For additional information, contact Theresa Tennant of PA Consulting Group at 800/826-1797 or e-mail Theresa.Tennant@paconsulting.com. This is an independent research firm, and individual information is not made available to the FAA.
Continuing significant orders to the training market shows that Piper Aircraft is making progress in its three-year plan to gain market share in that competitive arena.
L-3 Aviation Products plans to join the general aviation ADS-B world with its Lynx MultiLink Surveillance System. The new products will be “specifically tailored to fit the panel and budget of today’s general aviation aircraft and pilots,” said Larry Riddle, vice president of sales and marketing.
It was a big day for the newly resurrected Mooney International Corp. Mooney president Jerry Chen handed over the keys to the first airplane to roll out of the Kerrville, Texas, manufacturer’s newly reactivated factory site.
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