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Is it worth the risk to fly Doc, a newly restored B-29?

Absolutely. Otherwise, why restore it? (613 votes)

84%

Yes, but gingerly and rarely. Fifi is enough for the airshow circuit. (87 votes)

12%

Maybe it should be flown to move it occasionally, but otherwise, no. (17 votes)

2%

No. It's not worth the risk, in my view. (12 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.) (3 votes)

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Assuming you could afford one, would you buy an autonomous airplane?

No way. I mean, what's the point? (303 votes)

67%

Maybe, but how about a more capable autopilot first? (78 votes)

17%

Definitely. I think this is terrific technology. (27 votes)

6%

I don't have enough information to decide. (35 votes)

8%

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.) (7 votes)

2%

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Should the Supreme Court hear Flytenow's case challenging the legality of its aviation rideshare service?

Yes. The FAA overreached on this one. (171 votes)

39%

No, the FAA acted correctly in shutting down Flytenow. (124 votes)

28%

I'm not sure, but these regulations may be out of date and in need of revision. (100 votes)

23%

I'm not sure SCOTUS is currently functional enough to render a useful decision. (42 votes)

10%

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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Should oceanic airliners be required to carry satellite tracking equipment?

Yes. It's not that expensive and will pay safety dividends. (210 votes)

61%

I think it's a good idea, but should be optional. (57 votes)

17%

No, there are enough regulatory requirements. (49 votes)

14%

Maybe eventually, if the bandwidth gets cheaper. (22 votes)

6%

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.) (7 votes)

2%

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What do you think of the FAA's $550 rebate for ADS-B systems?

I think it's a good idea and will increase equipage. (98 votes)

20%

Nice gesture, but it's not nearly enough money to make a difference. (228 votes)

46%

I've already equipped, so it won't do me any good. (51 votes)

10%

Frankly, I think it's a little insulting. (93 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.) (21 votes)

4%

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Would You Recommend A Career As A Pilot?

Unequivocally, yes (90 votes)

16%

Yes, but you have to be choosy. (128 votes)

23%

Maybe. There are some good jobs left but not many. (168 votes)

30%

No. (159 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. Remember we consider these e-mails for publication unless you specifically say otherwise.) (8 votes)

1%

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Would you sign Icon's new amended buyer agreement?

Yes, if I was interested in buying an A5. (5 votes)

3%

I might, but there are clauses in it I still don't like. (18 votes)

10%

Not interested in an A5, actually. (99 votes)

55%

Interested in an A5, but I wouldn't sign. (56 votes)

31%

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.) (3 votes)

2%

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Will EAA's STC project for installing experimental avionics in certified airplanes encourage you to upgrade your panel?

Yes. I was really excited to hear about it. (188 votes)

62%

I'm not sure, but I'm considering it. (41 votes)

13%

No, but I'm happy to see EAA doing something about the cost of ownership. (54 votes)

18%

No, I don't think it's a good use of EAA resources. (10 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. Remember we consider these e-mails for publication unless you specifically say otherwise.) (11 votes)

4%

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What are your plans for summer flying?

I'm going to get a rating or endorsement. (66 votes)

23%

I'm planning a long trip. (84 votes)

29%

Short trips and around the patch. (86 votes)

29%

I hope to stay proficient. (39 votes)

13%

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.) (17 votes)

6%

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When will you switch to unleaded fuel?

As soon as it's conveniently available. (229 votes)

49%

I'll try it and see how it works. (54 votes)

12%

I'll blend it with 100LL. (9 votes)

2%

I'll use 100LL until it's no longer available. (148 votes)

32%

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.) (29 votes)

6%

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Ever fallen asleep in the cockpit?

Frequently. (14 votes)

3%

Sometimes. (29 votes)

6%

Rarely. (56 votes)

13%

Never. (341 votes)

76%

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.) (8 votes)

2%

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Would you buy an Icon A5, considering the sales contract?

No. (721 votes)

84%

Maybe, but I'd have to have my lawyer look at the agreement. (67 votes)

8%

Maybe, if a few things are changed. (41 votes)

5%

Yes. This is how GA transactions have to be structured. (27 votes)

3%

OTHER. None of the options covers my opinion — 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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What are your air show attendance plans this year?

Packing for Sun 'n Fun and heading to AirVenture, too. (27 votes)

8%

I'll do one but not the other. (87 votes)

27%

Only local shows. (99 votes)

31%

Nothing this year. (102 votes)

32%

OTHER. None of these reflects my plans — 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.) (6 votes)

2%

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In the wake of the Germanwings report, should psychiatric examinations be part of medical qualifications?

Germanwings was a tragic anomaly that couldn't realistically have been prevented. (94 votes)

27%

The signs were recognized under normal medical protocols but they weren't acted upon. (172 votes)

49%

Mental health is a key component in overall fitness to fly and should get the same weight as physical examinations. (54 votes)

16%

Every pilot should have a basic psychiatric examination at every annual. (14 votes)

4%

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.) (14 votes)

4%

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Why are so few women interested in aviation careers?

Same reason fewer men are: low pay, long hours. (169 votes)

58%

Lack of mentorship and role models. (39 votes)

13%

It may have been cultural at one time, but those days are over. (39 votes)

13%

It's one of the last bastions of chauvinism. (22 votes)

8%

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.) (21 votes)

7%

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