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Pilots can help give picture of GA activityPilots can help give picture of GA activity

How much did you fly in 2010? If you received a notice requesting information for the FAA’s thirty-third annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey, your answers could help construct an accurate picture of GA activity.

The survey is the FAA’s primary source of data about the size and activity of the GA fleet, said independent research firm Tetra Tech, which is conducting the GA survey for 2010. The company urged pilots to respond so that it can gather data on all types of GA aircraft and many types of operations.

“We need to hear from everyone that received a survey to prepare accurate statistics on aviation activity,” the company said in a news release. “The GA Survey is a scientific sample of aircraft from the Civil Aviation Registry. Your responses are important because they represent many other aircraft like yours.”

As AOPA previously reported, pilots who are asked to complete the survey can do so 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 those pilots to take the survey 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 Information gathered only will be used for statistical purposes and will not be published or released in a form that would reveal a participant’s identity, it said.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 received three or more surveys, a short form is available. For that and other questions, contact Tetra Tech at 800/826-1797 or by email.

Topics: Advocacy

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