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Is China really the next big thing in aviation?

I don't think it's a bubble. China will be the dominant aviation market in 20 years, if not sooner. (36 votes)

13%

The China aviation market's potential is real but somewhat overstated. (42 votes)

15%

Whether it's a bubble or not, China's investment in aviation is good for all us. (57 votes)

21%

There may be major opportunities in China, but China is just looking out for China. (134 votes)

49%

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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Are we ready for commercial space flight?

Yes. Private enterprise can solve problems better than government and should be allowed to do so. (169 votes)

66%

Space flight is inherently risky no matter who is doing it, but strong government oversight is necessary. (58 votes)

22%

Private contractors should be encouraged, but overall responsibility must lie with government. (14 votes)

5%

The nature of space flight makes it too risky for private enterprise. Government should look after it. (10 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)

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Does the future of GA hinge on the success or failure of ADS-B?

It's just the crisis du jour. It will all work out. (118 votes)

30%

There are issues that will cause problems but nothing catastrophic. (95 votes)

24%

ADS-B poses serious challenges to GA that need to be addressed. (126 votes)

32%

The whole thing should be scrapped. (55 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.) (4 votes)

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Is the FAA broken?

It's not the FAA that's broken; it's the U.S. government. (149 votes)

24%

The FAA needs some personnel changes and some progressive thinking, but the basic structure is sound. (69 votes)

11%

Political interference, cronyism, and outdated management systems are causing problems, but they can be fixed. (221 votes)

35%

The problems at the FAA are so serious and interconnected, it might be time to start over. (179 votes)

28%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (13 votes)

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Should pilots' PPCs be threatened by unlawful UAS operations?

Yes. Pilots who fly UASs have the knowledge and skill to do better and should be held accountable. (86 votes)

27%

Maybe somewhat. Their certificates should be on the sanctions table but shouldn't automatically be at risk. (92 votes)

28%

No. There is no relationship between UAS operation and flying an airplane. (132 votes)

41%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (13 votes)

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When are you equipping for ADS-B?

As you said, I've already done it. (18 votes)

8%

Doing it this year. (11 votes)

5%

Next two to three years. (39 votes)

18%

Waiting for prices to come down. (85 votes)

38%

Not doing it. (50 votes)

23%

OTHER. My personal ADS-B plan doesn't appear as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (18 votes)

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Should UAS pilots be required to have a private pilot certificate?

Absolutely. Flying is flying, and everyone should be qualified. (136 votes)

22%

Maybe a UAS license of some sort should be required, but a full private certificate seems excessive. (190 votes)

31%

In controlled circumstances under 400 feet and within line of sight, there should be oversight but no regs. (91 votes)

15%

Anything line-of-sight under 400 feet should be open to anyone. (177 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.) (14 votes)

2%

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Have you ever declared an emergency?

I've had multiple in-flight emergencies. (111 votes)

21%

I've had one, and that's enough. (68 votes)

13%

I almost declared an emergency but was able to resolve it in flight. (83 votes)

16%

So far, so good. (252 votes)

48%

OTHER. None of the choices matches my experience with emergencies — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (13 votes)

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Have you flown under the influence of drugs?

My blood is purely natural. (296 votes)

49%

I take prescription medications that are approved by the FAA. (185 votes)

30%

If I have a cold or allergies, I'll take something over-the-counter — but not if I think it affects my performance. (106 votes)

17%

I have flown when impaired by drugs. (17 votes)

3%

OTHER. None of these answers reflects my experience with drugs as PIC — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (5 votes)

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Do you own a drone?

I bought one years ago. (129 votes)

27%

I recently bought one. (33 votes)

7%

Thinking about it. (89 votes)

19%

Never. (206 votes)

43%

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)

4%

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Should organized ride-sharing be allowed?

The FAA needs to respect its own rules and allow pilots to recoup flight expenses. (204 votes)

40%

The online bookings change the process, but that shouldn't automatically make it illegal. (101 votes)

20%

Booking flights on private aircraft crosses the line between private and commercial activity. (115 votes)

23%

Only commercially licensed operations with commercial pilots should be able to accept bookings like this. (83 votes)

16%

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)

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How much summer flying did you get in?

About the same as usual. (67 votes)

16%

A lot more. (49 votes)

12%

A little more. (63 votes)

15%

A little less. (78 votes)

19%

A lot less. (72 votes)

17%

None. (90 votes)

21%

Somehow, none of these applies to me! Maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (2 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)

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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)

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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)

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