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When will pilotless airliners become a reality?

Never. (110 votes)

40%

It's at least 20 years out. (105 votes)

38%

Within 10 to 20 years. (44 votes)

16%

In less than 10 years. (15 votes)

5%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (2 votes)

1%

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How long before a practical GA electric airplane is available?

Some of the current designs are practical for their purpose. (42 votes)

15%

One to two years. (18 votes)

6%

Three to five years. (72 votes)

26%

More than 10 years. (140 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.) (7 votes)

3%

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How much are you willing to pay for minimum ADS-B equipage?

Less than $1,000. (131 votes)

43%

$1,000 to $2,000. (108 votes)

35%

$2,000 to $3,000. (43 votes)

14%

More than $3,000. (15 votes)

5%

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)

3%

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How are your stick and rudder skills?

Every flight is a training flight, and I'm at the top of my game. (103 votes)

28%

I hand-fly a lot, and I'm comfortable. (182 votes)

49%

I should practice a little more, but I'm O.K. (43 votes)

12%

Time to hit the pattern on a gusty day for me. (40 votes)

11%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (3 votes)

1%

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Are you planning to attend any fly-ins this year?

I want to fly to at least one major show (like Sun 'n Fun or AirVenture) this year. (109 votes)

35%

I'm hoping to get to an AOPA fly-in. (32 votes)

10%

I'll be sticking to fly-ins in my immediate area. (78 votes)

25%

I'm not planning to attend any fly-ins. (87 votes)

28%

OTHER. My plans don't appear as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (4 votes)

1%

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Is airline safety declining?

No. Statistically, it's amazingly safe. (294 votes)

55%

It's worth keeping an eye on, but it's not a systemic issue. Accidents find a way of happening. (158 votes)

29%

There have been changes in the industry, and that might be a factor. (46 votes)

9%

It's a product of oversupply and tightening budgets. (21 votes)

4%

Major changes are needed. (16 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.) (4 votes)

1%

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Are you looking for a job in aviation?

I'm happy to have a job, and I'm staying put. (110 votes)

38%

I'm not looking, but I've had offers. (26 votes)

9%

Ready to move on, but I haven't found anything yet. (62 votes)

21%

I've been looking for months, and the labor shortage is a myth. (49 votes)

17%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (43 votes)

15%

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Are you interested in Pipistrel's forthcoming electric airplane, the Alpha Electro?

I'm going to buy one. (5 votes)

2%

Worth looking into. (58 votes)

25%

Good idea but not practical yet. (97 votes)

41%

No way. (71 votes)

30%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (3 votes)

1%

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Are you planning a UAS business?

Already have one. (2 votes)

1%

Have one in the works. (3 votes)

2%

Thinking about it. (21 votes)

13%

Waiting for the final rule. (9 votes)

6%

No. (121 votes)

77%

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)

1%

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Will the relaxation of the third class medical keep you flying?

As soon as this passes, I'll be back in the air. (104 votes)

19%

I have a medical, but this looks good for the future. (330 votes)

61%

Good health is as important as flying to me, so no difference. (78 votes)

14%

This is a mistake. (25 votes)

5%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (3 votes)

1%

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What do you think of the FAA's proposed drone rules?

Seems like a sensible first step. (127 votes)

40%

The rule is fine, but the process is taking too long. (58 votes)

18%

They're rushing things. More information is needed. (20 votes)

6%

Drones are a significant threat and should be much more restricted. (82 votes)

26%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (27 votes)

9%

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Have you ever flown south on a winter escape?

Every year. (19 votes)

16%

Every other year. (2 votes)

2%

From time to time. (37 votes)

32%

Never. (54 votes)

47%

OTHER. My snowbirding habits don't appear as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (4 votes)

3%

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Who should this year's Collier Trophy go to?

Alan Eustace and the StratEx team. (15 votes)

11%

Embraer Legacy 500. (5 votes)

4%

F-16 automatic ground collision avoidance team. (22 votes)

16%

General aviation joint steering committee. (29 votes)

21%

Gulfstream G650. (31 votes)

22%

Orion Exploration Flight Test 1. (34 votes)

24%

Orion UAS team. (5 votes)

4%

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Would you like to fly to Cuba?

No. (141 votes)

28%

Maybe, but there are plenty of other places to fly that appeal to me more. (128 votes)

25%

Probably, as long as it's safe and accessible. (121 votes)

24%

I can't wait. (112 votes)

22%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (2 votes)

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What upgrades are you planning for your airplane this year?

My airplane is just fine the way it is. (70 votes)

43%

I'm tackling the cosmetics with paint and interior work. (17 votes)

10%

I'll be updating my avionics and/or radios. (27 votes)

17%

Biting the bullet and adding ADS-B. (24 votes)

15%

OTHER. I'll be doing something else. Maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (25 votes)

15%

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