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Should Congress consider ATC privatization?

No, it should be a government function. (320 votes)

67%

Sure, as long no user fees are included. (102 votes)

21%

All options should be considered. (44 votes)

9%

User fees are O.K. with me. (10 votes)

2%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please. Remember we consider these e-mails for publication unless you specifically say otherwise.) (5 votes)

1%

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Are you doing any winter flying?

No. Weather has been horrible. (41 votes)

11%

Always take the winter off. (15 votes)

4%

Some, but not as much as I'd like. (140 votes)

38%

Still flying regularly. (133 votes)

36%

It's not winter here. ;) (36 votes)

10%

OTHER. None of these describes my situation — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please. Remember we consider these e-mails for publication unless you specifically say otherwise.) (7 votes)

2%

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Do laser strikes worry you?

You bet, and I've bought protective gear. (19 votes)

5%

It's a concern but not a big risk. (134 votes)

38%

The risk is minimal and doesn't affect my flying. (124 votes)

36%

It's mostly media hype, and I ignore it. (68 votes)

19%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please. Remember we consider these e-mails for publication unless you specifically say otherwise.) (4 votes)

1%

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How are your stick-and-rudder skills?

It's the only way I fly. (392 votes)

61%

I have the technology but I hand fly most of the time. (163 votes)

25%

I could use some practice. (68 votes)

11%

My basic flying skills have eroded seriously. (10 votes)

2%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please. Remember we consider these e-mails for publication unless you specifically say otherwise.) (10 votes)

2%

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Does cheaper fuel mean you're flying more?

I've noticed, but I'm not flying more. (75 votes)

23%

I've noticed, and I'm flying more as a result. (95 votes)

29%

To be honest, I don't really follow avgas prices. (25 votes)

8%

My flying activity has never been much dictated by fuel prices. (120 votes)

37%

OTHER. None of these fits my situation — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please. Remember we consider these e-mails for publication unless you specifically say otherwise.)

Whatever your answer, you may also want to comment on our recent blog on the subject. (10 votes)

3%

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Have you ever flown under the influence of drugs or alcohol?

Never. (478 votes)

92%

Yes, but not dangerously so. (10 votes)

2%

Once or twice. (7 votes)

1%

Regularly. (20 votes)

4%

OTHER. None of these describes my circumstance — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please. Remember we consider these e-mails for publication unless you specifically say otherwise.) (2 votes)

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Is the FAA overly cautious about ride-sharing services like Flytenow?

No. Booking flights online is commercial activity and should be subject to commercial rules. (135 votes)

32%

Maybe. Is the FAA regulating aircraft operations, or is the internet? (25 votes)

6%

This might help GA, and the FAA should at least look at it. (139 votes)

33%

The FAA is wrong and should back off. (125 votes)

29%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (1 votes)

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Would you violate regs if circumstances warranted?

No. (9 votes)

2%

Life or death, yes. (241 votes)

44%

Maybe — if it was safe. (67 votes)

12%

Yes. (227 votes)

41%

OTHER. None of these options comes close to fitting my opinion — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (6 votes)

1%

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Should all pilots get upset training?

Should be part of every level of certificate and rating. (175 votes)

65%

Useful, but not necessarily mandatory. (56 votes)

21%

Prevention training, not reaction training, should be stressed. (30 votes)

11%

Not a big problem. (9 votes)

3%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (1 votes)

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Will you register your drone?

Of course; it will be the law. (81 votes)

32%

Probably. (18 votes)

7%

Depends on the penalties. (13 votes)

5%

Not likely. (127 votes)

50%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (17 votes)

7%

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Is user fee-funded ATC viable?

Yes. It's the way the world works. (18 votes)

3%

Maybe. Could work if it's done correctly. (47 votes)

9%

No. But government structure does have to change. (164 votes)

30%

No. Keep ATC the same. (310 votes)

57%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (5 votes)

1%

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Do you want to be an astronaut?

I've already applied. (25 votes)

9%

I'm looking into it. (42 votes)

15%

It's possible for many but not for me. (94 votes)

33%

Not a chance. (109 votes)

38%

OTHER. None of these options fits me — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (18 votes)

6%

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Have you ever unintentionally lost control of an aircraft?

Yes, and I was lucky to survive the crash. (20 votes)

4%

Yes, and I was lucky to avoid a crash. (17 votes)

4%

Close, but I caught it. (102 votes)

23%

Never. (307 votes)

68%

OTHER. None of these fits my LOC history — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (6 votes)

1%

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How do we address the gender imbalance in the pilot population?

There needs to be a coordinated industry and government effort. (14 votes)

3%

The opportunities should be presented and promoted. (53 votes)

11%

We need pilots, period — and there should be no gender bias in the effort. (303 votes)

65%

It's not a gender issue; it's a money issue, and airlines need to pay more. (79 votes)

17%

OTHER. None of these methods suits me — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (18 votes)

4%

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Do drones need to be registered?

Yes. Everything that uses the airspace must be identifiable. (140 votes)

33%

It might help find irresponsible owners, but the bureaucracy will be enormous. (136 votes)

33%

Drones pose such a small risk, the value of the registry is negligible. (59 votes)

14%

Just another example of the government meddling in our lives. (74 votes)

18%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (9 votes)

2%

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