If you own or operate a GA aircraft, the FAA's annual safety survey needs your data. The survey is the only official source of information about the activities of the GA fleet, including the number of hours flown and the reasons people fly, and this Friday is the deadline for you to participate. The survey covers private aviation activities and Part 135 operations. "Reducing GA fatalities is a top priority of the FAA, and our goal is to reduce the GA fatal accident rate by 10 percent by 2018," said FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta. "By taking the time to participate in the FAA's GA survey, owners and operators share valuable data that help the entire GA community."
Data collected from the survey help 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 GA aircraft. Responses are private, says the FAA, and 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. A random sample of owners was notified by the FAA and asked to participate, but an invitation is not required to fill out the online form.