By Aimee Turner
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has launched its latest survey of the general aviation (GA) community in a bid to boost safety levels.
The FAA’s 34th annual General Aviation and Part 135 Survey for 2011 data is available online at www.aviationsurvey.org
“Reducing GA fatalities is a top priority of the FAA and our goal is to reduce the GA fatal accident rate by 10 per cent 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.”
The survey is the only source of information on the activities of the GA fleet, including number of hours flown, and the reasons people fly. 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. The information will be used only for statistical purposes and will not be published or released in any form that would reveal an individual participant. Owners who did not fly their aircraft in 2011, have sold it, or are awaiting repairs should also respond to the survey.