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How much summer flying did you get in?

About the same as usual. (28 votes)

19%

A lot more. (11 votes)

7%

A little more. (17 votes)

11%

A little less. (32 votes)

21%

A lot less. (25 votes)

17%

None. (36 votes)

24%

Somehow, none of these applies to me! Maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (0 votes)

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What's the aviation to non-aviation ratio inside your hangar?

I have an airworthy aircraft, some oil, some basic tools, and a squeegee. (113 votes)

31%

The main purpose is putting a roof over my airplane, but there are some other things in there. (143 votes)

40%

I have a hangar that's big enough for my airplane, an RV, and a boat. What's the big deal? (48 votes)

13%

I have a homebuilt project in my hangar. (20 votes)

6%

I don't have an airplane anymore and use my hangar for storage. (10 votes)

3%

OTHER. If one of these options was close, I'd pick it — but none of them are. Maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (25 votes)

7%

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Should homebuilding be allowed at airports?

All stages of homebuilding are aeronautical uses of the facilities and should be recognized by the FAA. (405 votes)

65%

An airport isn't needed for all stages of homebuilding, but truly active projects should be allowed. (158 votes)

25%

The policy is a reasonable attempt to curb abuses at airports. (34 votes)

5%

Airports are for aircraft that can fly. (23 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.) (7 votes)

1%

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Were the Thunderbirds a good addition to AirVenture?

I loved the Thunderbirds and hope a jet team will be there every year. (264 votes)

54%

I didn't mind it, but it wasn't an attraction for me. (97 votes)

20%

I didn't like it, but I understand that the organizers need to keep adding attractions. (30 votes)

6%

I thought the Thunderbirds were out of place at AirVenture and hope it never happens again. (69 votes)

14%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (26 votes)

5%

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How do you answer questions about plane crashes?

I just say I don't know any more than they do and leave it at that. (43 votes)

10%

I try to explain what might have happened, but I'm careful not to talk about probable cause or anything I don't have personal experience with. (159 votes)

37%

I reassure them that flying is the safest form of mass transportation and that aviation accidents get an unnatural amount of coverage. (151 votes)

35%

I tell them to ignore the mainstream media sensationalization of air crashes. (65 votes)

15%

OTHER. None of these speaks for me — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (16 votes)

4%

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What's your main purpose in attending AirVenture this year?

Force of habit. I just go every year. (12 votes)

7%

I love the atmosphere, the people, and the feel of the whole event. It's a vacation. (90 votes)

55%

I'm looking for stuff for my airplane, and there's a good selection and prices at the show. (11 votes)

7%

I'm looking for a new airplane, and the latest and greatest are there. (3 votes)

2%

I've never been and want to see what it's all about. (26 votes)

16%

OTHER. My reason doesn't appear as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (22 votes)

13%

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Can the FAA pick an unleaded future fuel in four years?

What's taking so long? The testing should require no more than a year. (108 votes)

26%

Seems like a reasonable timeline, given the surprisingly large field of candidates. (57 votes)

14%

It sounds ambitious. There's a lot at stake, and it needs to be done carefully. (39 votes)

9%

Given the FAA's track record on new initiatives, the timeline seems optimistic at best. (210 votes)

50%

OTHER. Nothing resembling my opinion appears as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (3 votes)

1%

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How safe do you feel when you fly?

It's the most natural thing for me, and I am completely comfortable. (295 votes)

47%

I love flying, but I have some concerns. (295 votes)

47%

Flying scares me most of the time, but I still do it. (16 votes)

3%

I'm about to hang it up. (13 votes)

2%

OTHER. Nothing resembling my opinion appears as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (6 votes)

1%

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What do you make of the FAA's distinction between RC aircraft and UAVs?

It's a positive step toward a reasonable accommodation of remotely piloted aircraft. (63 votes)

23%

There's nothing new here. These rules are already in place. (70 votes)

25%

The FAA is just stalling while it tackles the big issues. (38 votes)

14%

It's a hint at the overly restrictive regulatory environment that's coming. (86 votes)

31%

The FAA is anti-UAS, and this is a prime example. (17 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.) (6 votes)

2%

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What do you think about the "USA Today" story on GA safety?

It's tomorrow's bird cage liner. Forget it and move on. (158 votes)

40%

Although much of the article is offensive and inaccurate, there are some points that hit home. (94 votes)

24%

It's a valuable insight into how the rest of the world perceives GA. (86 votes)

22%

There are a lot of uncomfortable truths in the story, and it bears some examination. (47 votes)

12%

OTHER. Nothing resembling my opinion appears as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (10 votes)

3%

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When are you adding ADS-B equipment to your airplane?

Already have. (36 votes)

12%

Next annual. (17 votes)

6%

There's plenty of time. (69 votes)

23%

Haven't planned it yet. (157 votes)

53%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (20 votes)

7%

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Is AOPA doing the right thing in raising membership fees?

In these times, any increase is a bad idea, and AOPA should rethink it. (83 votes)

21%

AOPA should only raise fees as a last resort and should look at cost-cutting and new forms of revenue first. (87 votes)

22%

It's a modest increase and brings AOPA more in line with other aviation groups, so it's O.K. with me. (123 votes)

32%

I'd much rather it raise money this way than by creating businesses that compete with privately owned aviation enterprises. (84 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.) (12 votes)

3%

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Should U.S. Customs and Border Protection revise its policies on intercepting aircraft suspected of criminal activity?

The intercepts that have been publicized were overly aggressive. Something needs changing. (362 votes)

82%

The program itself has value because it's actually had some success. Law-abiding pilots have nothing to fear. (25 votes)

6%

Aircraft have been used for crime almost since their inception. Aviation shouldn't be exempt from reasonable law enforcement scrutiny. (34 votes)

8%

GA is one of the many tools organized crime uses for business. If anything, enforcement should be escalated. (15 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.) (7 votes)

2%

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What's your personal GA outlook?

It's definitely looking better at my airport, and most people I talk to are positive about the future. (35 votes)

10%

It's better, but it probably couldn't have gotten much worse. (42 votes)

13%

I haven't seen any improvement, but the decline seems to have stopped. (104 votes)

31%

It's in steady decline, and there's no end in sight. (151 votes)

45%

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's the biggest change coming for GA in the next ten years?

We'll be sharing runways with UAVs. (52 votes)

12%

Half of all aircraft will be flying on alternative fuels, including electric. (26 votes)

6%

It'll be pretty much the same, and the same debates will be going on. (232 votes)

55%

There will be hardly any GA. (104 votes)

25%

OTHER. My prediction doesn't appear as a choice — but maybe I'll share it with you in an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (6 votes)

1%

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