faaDear Aircraft Owner: The Federal Aviation Administration is conducting the 34th annual General Aviation (GA) and Part 135 Activity Survey for calendar year 2011. Your participation will allow the FAA to measure the size and activity of the general aviation fleet and better understand how people use general aviation aircraft. The survey also allows us to track the success of our safety initiatives, identify areas for improvement, focus our resources, and better serve the GA community.

The online survey is the only source for this important information. The information collected will be aggregated and used by government agencies, industry, trade associations, and private businesses. These organizations use the data to pinpoint safety problems and to form the basis for critical research and analysis of general aviation issues.

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CalPilots Editor: Santa Monica City Hall Acts Surprised at an Airport Commissioner’s bias against the airport I don’t know, but it seems to me that “City Hall” might have determined that a “real estate executive” serving as an airport commissioner might be biased toward closing the airport.

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The California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics is pleased to announce the California Airport Land Use Planning Handbook is finished and available for downloading (CalPilots Editor’s Note: Download this (large) file to educate yourself on the official guidance that is provided for development around the state’s airports).

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