ARTICLE: Wanted: LSA pilots for FAA survey
Filling out forms, dealing with the federal government or any communication of information about your company are usually not the favorite activities of entrepreneurial enterprise. They take time and there is a natural suspicion about sharing information with Washington. This survey is an exception; the data collected goes to the FAA bean counters who compile the data on an anonymous basis and who use the data to, among other things, forecast the growth/decline of segments of aviation. You should complete this one.
The industry faces substantial challenges. How those problems are resolved may impact the future of the LSA business. By “how” is meant by the time required to modify rules or the judgment or practical knowledge of the FAA person assigned to resolve an issue.
If the numbers collected on the survey suggest a positive incline rate for the LSA industry, the FAA leaders will recognize that this emerging industry deserves the most able staff to carefully define its growth. If the future estimates are uncertain or negative, the issues facing LSA will not receive priority nor will an adequate numbers of persons be assigned to review requests from the industry. The talented FAA policy analysts and able engineers are more likely to find solutions to difficult problems; if LSA is considered to be in decline, the focus and talent are not as likely to take the time to create a win/win option.
Filling out the survey takes time; failure to provide the FAA with data about the LSA growth will cost the industry more time in terms of the agency’s interaction with your business.