May 30, 2013
By Benét J. Wilson
The FAA will begin work on its thirty-fifth annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey (GA Survey) in early June, covering calendar year 2012.
The FAA’s GA Survey is the only source of information on the GA fleet, the number of hours flown, and the ways people use GA aircraft. The data help the agency determine funding for infrastructure and service needs, assess the impact of regulatory changes, and measure aviation safety. The survey also is used to prepare safety statistics and calculate the rate of accidents among GA aircraft.
Those chosen to complete this year’s survey will receive a postcard invitation to participate in early June. The survey can be completed online, or a survey form will be mailed with a postage-paid envelope.
AOPA needs the help of its members chosen to complete the survey so it can prepare accurate estimates of aviation safety, since data from the survey is used to calculate fatal accident rates for GA and Part 135 aircraft. Members who receive the survey need to respond, even if you did not fly your aircraft in 2012, it was sold, or the aircraft was damaged.
The FAA has tapped Tetra Tech, an independent research firm, to conduct the survey. The information gathered in the survey will be used for statistical purposes only and will not be published or released in any form that would reveal an individual participant.
A short version of the survey form is available for owners of multiple aircraft. Contact Tetra Tech at 800/826-1797 or by email for a copy of the short survey.
AOPA eNewsletter and Social Media Editor Benét J. Wilson joined AOPA in 2011. She is working on her private pilot certificate.
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