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33rd Annual GA Survey Begins in April

March 17, 2011 — Each year the FAA surveys the GA community to obtain accurate information on aviation activity and safety. The 33rd annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey (GA Survey) gets under way next month seeking information on activity occurring in 2010.

The survey is the only source of information on the GA fleet, comprising number of hours flown and the ways people use their aircraft. Survey results help 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 GA aircraft. Surveys can be completed online or a survey form will be mailed to you with a postage-paid envelope.

A sample of pilots will receive a postcard invitation to participate in this survey in early April. Only members who receive a postcard invitation are asked to complete the survey. You can complete the survey online or a survey form will be mailed to you along with a postage-paid envelope.

Tetra Tech, an independent research firm that conducts the GA Survey on behalf of the FAA, seeks as many survey respondents as possible - even those who did not fly their aircraft during 2010, sold it, or own a damaged/non-airworthy aircraft. 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 The information will be used only for statistical purposes and will not be published or released in any form that would reveal an individual participant.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 three or more aircraft who receive several surveys. Such owners are asked to contact Tetra Tech via e-mail or at 800-826-1797.

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