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FAA Seeks Wide Participation in GA Survey

July 14, 2011 – The 33rd annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey (GA Survey) for reporting on calendar year 2010 is well underway. The survey is a scientific sample of aircraft from the Civil Aviation Registry and serves as the FAA’s primary source of information about the size and activity of the GA and on-demand Part 135 fleet. Data helps the FAA determine the number of hours flown and the ways people use their aircraft, allowing it to better determine funding for infrastructure and service needs, assess the impact of regulatory changes, and measure aviation safety.

Included in the survey are all types of aircraft - rotorcraft, fixed-wing piston, turboprops, turbojets, gliders, hot air balloons, amateur-built, light-sport, experimental, and non-experimental.

Your participation is important!
EAA urges everyone who received a survey to complete it - even if you did not fly your aircraft during 2010, you sold it, or the plane was damaged. These aircraft are just as important to calculate accurate statistics.

Operations covered by the survey include:

  • General operating and flight rules (Part 91)
  • On-demand Part 135 (air taxi, air tours, and non-scheduled commuter)
  • Agricultural aircraft operations (Part 137)
  • Aircraft owned/operated by individuals and companies, as well as: 
    • Flying clubs, flight schools, fractional ownership programs
    • Government agencies (federal, state, local)
    • N-numbered military aircraft used for civilian purposes

Responses are confidential; the information will be used only for statistical purposes and will not be released in any form that would reveal an individual participant. The independent research firm Tetra Tech conducts the GA Survey on behalf of the FAA.

For owners/operators who receive three or more surveys, a short form is available. Contact Tetra Tech with questions or for more information toll-free at 800-826-1797 or via e-mail.

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