September 3, 2013
By Dan Namowitz
The final outreach effort of the thirty-fifth annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey (GA Survey) has begun, and AOPA is urging pilots who receive an invitation to participate to respond. The confidential survey responses will provide the FAA with accurate statistics on aviation activity from 2012.
The GA Survey, conducted by independent research firm Tetra Tech, is the FAA’s primary source of information about the size and activity of the general aviation and on-demand Part 135 fleet. Participation is encouraged even if a survey invitation recipient’s aircraft did not fly during 2012, or if the aircraft was sold or damaged.
The survey covers a wide range of aircraft including light sport aircraft, rotorcraft, fixed-wing piston, turboprops, turbojets, gliders, hot air balloons, amateur-built, experimental, and non-experimental aircraft.
Types of operations covered include general operating and flight rules under Part 91; air taxi, air tours, and nonscheduled commuters under Part 135; and agricultural aircraft operations of Part 137.
Ownership types being surveyed include aircraft owned and operated by individuals or companies, flying clubs, flight schools, fractional ownership programs, government agencies, and military aircraft used for civilian purposes.
Tetra Tech’s survey team assures owners that responses are confidential. Information will be used only for statistical purposes and will not be released in any form that would reveal an individual participant’s identity.
If you have questions, contact Tetra Tech at 800/826-1797 or at this email address.
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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