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Are you training to avoid loss of control in an airplane?

No, nothing beyond my usual proficiency and flight review. (102 votes)

43%

Yes, I've been flying with a CFI who has loss of control training in mind. (40 votes)

17%

I've been hearing a lot about it. I might consider some training. (16 votes)

7%

My entire life is a loss of control. (73 votes)

31%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice. I might 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)

3%

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If you own or have access to an airplane, are you planning to use it for holiday travel?

Yes, I regularly use my airplane for travel of all kinds. (134 votes)

37%

Not this year, but I have used the airplane for travel in the past. (120 votes)

33%

I used to use my airplane for travel, but not anymore. (30 votes)

8%

No, I've never used a light airplane for serious travel. (75 votes)

20%

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 effect do you think President-elect Donald Trump and a Republican congress will have on general aviation?

I think it will be overwhelmingly positive. (128 votes)

20%

I am cautiously optimistic. (132 votes)

20%

I think it's too soon to judge it in any way. (236 votes)

36%

I'm kind of worried about it. (144 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. Remember we consider these e-mails for publication unless you specifically say otherwise.) (8 votes)

1%

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Did you consider attending the Sport Aviation Showcase in Deland, Florida this week?

Not only did I consider it, I did attend. (7 votes)

3%

No. I didn't know about it. (157 votes)

65%

I knew about it, but couldn't attend. (52 votes)

21%

I'm waiting until January to attend the Sebring show. (9 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.) (18 votes)

7%

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How confident are you that the FAA's PAFI program will yield an unleaded replacement for 100LL?

Completely. Just give it enough time. (65 votes)

15%

I think it probably will, although I have concerns. (110 votes)

26%

I think it's less than 50-50. (78 votes)

18%

I'm not so much worried about the fuel itself as what it will cost. (170 votes)

40%

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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Do you log all of your flight time?

Yes, right down to the last tenth. (431 votes)

74%

I used to log everything, but now I just log for required currency. (45 votes)

8%

Truthfully, I'm pretty sloppy about logging. (56 votes)

10%

No, I don't bother anymore. (38 votes)

7%

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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FAR 61.56 requires a flight view every 24 months. Do you do training beyond that bare minimum?

I think I fly enough not to require any training. (69 votes)

19%

I occasionally fly with a CFI just to keep the rust brushed off. (74 votes)

20%

I train pretty regularly. I think it's important to go beyond the bare minimum. (145 votes)

39%

I just don't fly enough anymore. The flight review serves as my training. (60 votes)

16%

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6%

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If GA simulators ever got good enough, should we allow them to stand in for airplanes basic currency requirements?

Sure, why not? Airlines do type ratings in sims. (136 votes)

27%

I'd say allow them for a larger percentage of training, but you still have to fly the airplane at some point. (248 votes)

49%

This is easy. They will never be good enough to simulate real light airplanes. (27 votes)

5%

No, this is ridiculous. Isn't flying supposed to be about flying airplanes? (87 votes)

17%

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2%

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With avgas prices low, did you fly more this summer than last?

Yes, I flew more hours. (87 votes)

25%

No, I flew about the same as last year. (95 votes)

27%

Actually, I flew a little less. Fuel price had nothing to do with it. (102 votes)

29%

I flew more hours, but it wasn't because of fuel prices. (61 votes)

17%

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3%

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If Elon Musk's ticket to Mars were available today for $200K, would you go?

In a heartbeat. (48 votes)

13%

Not a chance in hell. (134 votes)

35%

Depends. Is it round trip? (116 votes)

31%

Why are you asking? This will never happen. (79 votes)

21%

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.) (2 votes)

1%

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Is Fly By Wire Practical for Light Aircraft?

Not now. But it might be in the future. (73 votes)

28%

Yes, it could be desirable if and when it's certified. (84 votes)

32%

No, not now. Not ever. (69 votes)

26%

I don't know enough to have an opinion. (34 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.) (1 votes)

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Does the FAA's overhaul of teaching slow flight make sense?

Huh? What overhaul? I wasn't paying attention. (71 votes)

18%

I'm not sure it makes any difference. (84 votes)

21%

No. It's really counterproductive. (178 votes)

45%

Yes. It's about time we updated pilot training doctrine. (59 votes)

15%

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2%

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Should the FAA ban Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones from aircraft entirely?

No. This is a complete over reaction, as usual. (93 votes)

28%

Maybe, but we need to see more data before doing something this drastic. (99 votes)

29%

Yes. It's just a matter of time before a battery fire takes down an airplane. (140 votes)

42%

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1%

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Should operators of small drones be required to take an FAA flight test?

No. They're no different than RC aircraft. (165 votes)

33%

Yes. As a pilot, I had to pass one, so should drone operators. (119 votes)

24%

Maybe we need something in between; some kind of competence demonstration. (176 votes)

35%

This makes my head hurt. I don't have an answer. (34 votes)

7%

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2%

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Which NASA project holds the most promise?

Fuel cells (89 votes)

26%

3D printing for electric motors (26 votes)

8%

Lithium-air batteries (80 votes)

24%

Shape-shifting wings (61 votes)

18%

Aerogel antennas (8 votes)

2%

None of the above. They're all daft. (62 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. Remember we consider these e-mails for publication unless you specifically say otherwise.) (10 votes)

3%

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