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GA survey accuracy depends on pilot inputGA survey accuracy depends on pilot input

The independent research firm conducting the thirty-seventh annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey (GA Survey) on the FAA’s behalf is reminding pilots who received a postcard invitation that prompt responses are requested to the final round of mailings.

Pilots who were invited to participate are encouraged to help provide data for GA’s activity in calendar year 2014. The final mailing of survey-participation invitations was launched last month.

The annual survey is important because it is the only source of information on the GA fleet—including the number of hours flown and how people use GA aircraft.

The information provided helps determine "funding for infrastructure and service needs, assess the impact of regulatory changes, and measure aviation safety. The GA Survey is also used to prepare safety statistics and calculate the rate of accidents among general aviation aircraft," said research firm Tetra Tech in a news release urging pilots who received survey solicitations to reply.

"We need to hear from everyone who receives an invitation to participate," the company said. "Please respond, even if you did not fly your aircraft during 2014, you sold it, or the aircraft was damaged."

Survey responses are confidential. The information will be used only for statistical purposes, and will not be published or released in any form that would reveal an individual participant. Previous years’ survey results are available online.

Aircraft operators who have questions about the survey may contact Tetra Tech by email or toll-free at 800/826-1797.

Topics: Advocacy, Aviation Industry

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