July 15, 2014
By AOPA ePublishing staff
The thirty-sixth annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey (GA Survey) for reporting on calendar year 2013 is underway, and the FAA is asking AOPA members for their help.
The survey serves as the only source of information on the GA fleet, the number of hours flown, and the ways people use GA aircraft. The FAA is urging everyone who receives an invitation to complete the survey.
The survey includes a wide range of aircraft, operations, and types of ownership. 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 non-scheduled commuter), and agricultural aircraft operations (Part 137).
Finally, the survey covers aircraft owned or 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 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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As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
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