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2024 FAA GA activity survey underway

Government agencies and the general aviation industry use data from an annual survey to measure safety, make decisions on funding allocation, and assess the impact of GA on the U.S. economy.

Photo by Chris Rose.

The forty-sixth General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey will report on calendar year 2023. Participation in the survey is voluntary, and benefits participants with data that provides insight into the current GA fleet, which in turn informs research and analysis, safety initiatives, and regulatory changes championed by the government, trade organizations, and industry groups.

It is the only source of information that details the size and scope of the GA fleet, the number of hours flown, and the ways people use GA aircraft. About 30 percent of the fleet (more than 80,000) is surveyed, with a few categories of high-use aircraft surveyed every year, including turbine aircraft, rotorcraft, newer aircraft, and Alaska-based aircraft.

The data, which is published by the FAA and available for trend analysis, can also be used to assess the economic impact of the GA industry, including data on jobs and investments in aviation infrastructure.

Those who are invited to participate will receive an invitation by mail or email and are highly encouraged to take the 10 to 15 minutes to respond to the survey—even if they didn’t fly last year, they sold their aircraft, or their aircraft was damaged—so that the data most accurately reflects the current state of aviation activity. Individual responses remain anonymous and will only be used for statistical purposes.

Any questions about survey participation and results can be sent to Tetra Tech, the independent research firm that has been conducting the GA activity survey on behalf of the FAA for the last 20 years.

Lillian Geil
Communications Specialist
Communications Specialist Lillian Geil is a student pilot and a graduate of Columbia University who joined AOPA in 2021.
Topics: Advocacy, Ownership, FAA Information and Services

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