FAA Surveying GA Operators

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The FAA is conducting its annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey and those contacted are urged to take the time to fill it out. Every year the agency polls GA pilots to get a snapshot of general aviation activity. The information is used to help the FAA and other government agencies determine priorities and allocate resources so it's important that the agency gets as accurate and complete a picture of the sector as possible. In general it looks at the aircraft, how they were used and how many hours they were flown in 2013. Participants are chosen randomly and responses are kept in strict confidence.

The FAA chooses survey participants in all sectors of GA from balloons to N-numbered military aircraft. It also looks at commercially flown aircraft in Part 135 (on-demand charter) and Part 137 (agricultural) operations. Pasadena-based Tetra Tech is doing the survey. The company gets the responses with an ID number and uses the information to compile statistical data. Some aircraft owners may be asked to do the survey more than once and the FAA says that just means they have a rare aircraft and are more likely to be randomly selected repeatedly.