The FAA Safety Team is asking aircraft owners and operators in the general aviation community to participate in an online survey about how they use their aircraft. The annual survey is the only source of information on the activities of the GA fleet, including number of hours flown and the reasons people fly, according to the FAASTeam website. FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta encouraged aircraft users to respond. "By taking the time to participate in the FAA's GA survey, owners and operators share valuable data that help the entire GA community," he said. The survey is available online.
Data collected from the survey help determine funding for infrastructure and service needs, assess the impact of regulatory changes, and measure aviation safety, according to the FAASTeam. The survey is also used to prepare safety statistics and calculate the rate of accidents among GA aircraft. Responses are private, the FAA says, and the information will be used only for statistical purposes. Owners who did not fly their aircraft in 2011, have sold it, or are awaiting repairs should also respond to the survey. The survey closes on Nov. 30.