AVweb's Question of the Week ...
*** PREVIOUS RESULTS ***
Last week, AVweb asked whether an instrument rating automatically makes a pilot safer.
The largest segment of our respondents (34%) thought this was a no-brainer: "Any extra training makes a pilot better" (and safer), they told us.
A second segment (four fewer respondents than the previous group) agreed with our statement that judgement is more important to safety than weather conditions or instrument ratings — but being instrument-rated can improve a pilot's judgement and make his flying safer.
22% of you agreed that an instrument-rated pilot is better prepared to address unsafe conditions — and so, in a sense, is a "safer pilot."
A mere 7% of you reminded us that weather is a notorious killer of pilots — and an instrument rating is a license to fly in bad weather. And the remaining 3% thought an instrument rating can foster a false sense of confidence, which can actually make pilots less safe.
*** THIS WEEK'S QUESTION ***
This week, AVweb wants to know how you feel about pulling the 'chute — or at least having the option. Given the choice, would you rather fly an aircraft that has a full-aircraft parachute system?
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