Please help the FAA collect accurate information on GA activity and aviation safety.
The following was posted in today's RotorNews from HAI. I think HAI makes a good point on trying to accurately portray GA activity.
The 2008 General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey (GA Survey) is now underway. The FAA’s annual GA Survey is the only source for information on the general aviation fleet, the number of hours flown, and the reasons people use general aviation aircraft. Data collected by this survey help determine funding for infrastructure and service needs and form the basis for critical research and analysis of general aviation issues. The GA Survey is also used to prepare safety statistics and calculate the rate of accidents among general aviation aircraft.
As a significant part of the GA fleet, a focused effort is being made by the FAA to improve the data quality for high-end, high-use aircraft. As a result, 100 percent of rotorcraft are being asked to participate in the 2008 GA Survey. To reduce the reporting burden for multiple-aircraft owners/operators, a specialized version of the survey has been developed which allows activity to be reported for an entire fleet on a single shortened form, instead of completing a longer questionnaire for each aircraft. This survey form will be mailed to aircraft owners/operators in mid-May and it will also be available on-line.
The GA Survey has been conducted annually since 1999 by PA Consulting Group, an independent research firm. Using an independent firm ensures that individual information is not reported to the FAA. Information will be used only for statistical purposes and will not be published or released in any form that would reveal specific information for an individually identifiable respondent. All data are reported in aggregate and free of any information (aircraft, personal, etc.) that would allow answers to be traced back to an individual or company. PA Consulting Group maintains a unique identifier for the sole purpose of keeping track of who has completed the survey.
If you receive a postcard or letter inviting you to take part in this study, HAI strongly encourages you to participate.