April 21, 2014 - The FAA will soon begin the 36th annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey (GA Survey) for calendar year 2013. The GA Survey is the only source of information on the general aviation fleet, including the number of hours flown and the various ways people use general aviation aircraft.
Survey results help determine funding for infrastructure and service needs, assess the impact of regulatory changes, and measure aviation safety. The survey is also used to prepare safety statistics and calculate the rate of accidents among GA aircraft.
A sample of aircraft owners or operators will soon receive postcard invitations to participate in the survey, which is administered by Tetra Tech, a third-party research firm conducting the survey on behalf of the FAA. It is requested that only those who receive a postcard invitation complete the survey, which can be taken online or through a survey form mailed to respondents along with a postage-paid envelope.
Those who receive a postcard are urged to respond, even if you did not fly your aircraft during 2013, you sold it, or the plane 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 The information will be used only for statistical purposes and will not be published or released in any form that would reveal an individual participant.
A short version of the survey form is available for owners of multiple aircraft. If you receive a post card and you own three or more aircraft, please contact Tetra Tech toll-free at 800-826-1797 or firstname.lastname@example.org.