March 23, 2011
By Dan Namowitz
Some pilots will soon have an opportunity to enhance aviation safety and help construct an accurate picture of general aviation activity by participating in an annual survey conducted by the FAA.
Pilots who receive notices requesting information for the FAA’s thirty-third annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey are being encouraged to respond.
The GA Survey for 2010 is being conducted for the FAA by independent research firm Tetra Tech. “The annual survey is the only source of information on the general aviation fleet, the number of hours flown, and the ways people use general aviation aircraft,” said a company news release. “These data help to determine funding for infrastructure and service needs, assess the impact of regulatory changes, and measure aviation safety. The GA Survey is also used to prepare safety statistics and calculate the rate of accidents among general aviation aircraft.”
Starting in early April, a sampling of pilots will be asked to complete the survey. They can take the survey online, using their N number to log in to the survey website, or by requesting that a survey form and postage-paid envelope be sent to them.
Tetra Tech urged pilots who are selected to take the survey to do so even if they did not fly their aircraft in 2010, sold it, or were awaiting repairs to a damaged aircraft.
The firm emphasized that all survey responses are confidential. Information gathered will only be used for statistical purposes and will not be published or released in a form that would reveal a participant’s identity, it said.
If you own three or more aircraft, a short form of the survey is available. For that and other questions, contact Tetra Tech toll-free at 800/826-1797 or by email.
Dan Namowitz is an aviation writer and flight instructor. He has been a pilot since 1985 and an instructor since 1990.
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