August 19, 2014
By AOPA ePublishing staff
Time to participate in the FAA’s thirty-sixth annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey (GA Survey) is running out, so the FAA is urging members to participate. The report covers calendar year 2013 and serves as the only source of information on the GA fleet, the number of hours flown, and the ways people use general aviation aircraft.
A wide range of aircraft, aircraft operations, and types of ownership are included in the survey. Aircraft on the survey include light sport aircraft, rotorcraft, fixed-wing piston, turboprops, turbojets, gliders, hot air balloons, amateur-built, experimental, and non-experimental aircraft. The survey also looks at different aircraft operations, including general operating and flight rules (Part 91), on-demand Part 135 (air taxi, air tours, and nonscheduled commuter), and agricultural aircraft operations (Part 137).
Finally, the survey covers aircraft owned and operated by individuals and by companies as well as flying clubs; flight schools; fractional ownership programs; federal, state, and local government agencies; and N-numbered military aircraft used for civilian purposes.
The FAA needs to hear from everyone who received an invitation to complete the survey to prepare accurate statistics on aviation activity. AOPA members are asked to respond even if an aircraft was not sold during 2013, it was sold, or the aircraft was damaged.
The survey is being conducted for the FAA by Pasadena, California-based Tetra Tech, an independent research firm. All responses are confidential. The information will be used only for statistical purposes and will not be released in any form that would reveal an individual participant. Contact Tetra Tech with questions toll-free at 1-800/826-1797 or email here.
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