Each year, the FAA asks owners of GA aircraft to participate in the General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey, which is used by the FAA for planning purposes and by the industry for statistical data.
GA’s alphabet groups, including the National Business Aviation Association, say it’s important that all aircraft owners who have been invited to participate in the 2012 survey to complete it online or via the mail before the survey closes, noting “accurate representation and full participation benefits the entire industry.”
In early June, the FAA sent invitations for participation in its 35th annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey. Since that time, reminders have been sent to invitees and the survey will be closing soon.
Accurate survey data is critical in developing the FAA’s accident statistics for general aviation and on-demand charter operations. This data also is used for FAA planning and forecasting purposes.
The FAA’s annual GA Survey is the only source of information on the general aviation fleet, the number of hours flown, and the ways people use general aviation aircraft. The data 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.
Pilots are asked to respond, even if you did not fly your aircraft during 2012, you sold it, or the plane was damaged.
Responses are confidential. Tetra Tech is an independent research firm that conducts the GA Survey on behalf of the FAA. The information will be used only for statistical purposes and will not be published or released in any form that would reveal an individual participant.