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Annual GA Survey Under Way

June 10, 2010 — The FAA’s 32nd annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey (GA Survey) for reporting on calendar year 2009 is now underway. The annual GA Survey is the only source of information on the size and makeup of the general aviation and Part 135 fleets, the number of hours flown, and the reasons people fly. Data collected from the survey helps 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 general aviation aircraft, including amateur-built aircraft.

Aircraft owners/operators who received a postcard invitation or survey by mail are asked to complete the survey as soon as possible. You can complete the survey on-line at www.aviationsurvey.org (use aircraft N-Number to login) or if you would prefer to respond by mail, survey forms were mailed out at the beginning of June, along with a postage-paid envelope.

Why is your participation important?

  • The FAA needs your help so it can prepare accurate estimates of aviation safety. Data from this survey are used to calculate accident rates for general aviation, which includes amateur-built and light-sport aircraft.
  • Your responses are completely confidential. PA Consulting Group, survey administrator, is an independent research firm that conducts the GA Survey on behalf of the FAA. The information provided will be used only for statistical purposes and will not be published or released in any form that would reveal specific information reported by an individually identifiable respondent.

FAA asks all who received an invitation to complete a survey to do so -  even if you did not fly your aircraft during 2009, you sold it, or the plane was damaged.

An abbreviated survey form is available for owners of multiple aircraft. If you own three or more aircraft and received several survey forms, please contact PA Consulting Group toll-free at 800-826-1797 or email infoaviationsurvey@paconsulting.com.
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