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Should pilots adhere to a dress code?

Pilots, regardless of what they fly, have tremendous responsibility and should look the part. (66 votes)

17%

Safety, convenience, and efficiency are the most important things in the pilot environment, and clothing should be a part of that. (127 votes)

34%

Nobody likes a slob, but how a pilot dresses is a lot less important than how he or she performs. (134 votes)

35%

Clothing makes no difference at all. (47 votes)

12%

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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What's your training schedule?

I fly regularly and occasionally add new ratings and certificates just to keep the training mindset. (36 votes)

11%

I fly a lot, read a lot, and regularly go flying with instructors or more experienced pilots who challenge me. (53 votes)

16%

Staying current and flying regularly in the type of flying I normally do is my regimen. (135 votes)

42%

I don't fly enough, and I know my skills are rusty -- but I hope to improve soon. (86 votes)

27%

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)

4%

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Are third-class medicals needed?

Ensuring medical fitness is fundamental to flight safety, and the third-class medical must stay. (26 votes)

8%

There should be some sort of medical monitoring, but the system as it exists is outdated. (57 votes)

19%

The medical requirements were drafted decades ago, and treatments and preventive medicine have changed since then. (93 votes)

30%

Arbitrary medical standards have never been necessary and should be abolished. (127 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.) (5 votes)

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What special events are you heading to?

I'll be at SNF, at least one AOPA event, and AirVenture. (16 votes)

7%

I can only get to two of the majors, but I do a lot of local fly-ins. (17 votes)

7%

This is the year I actually fly to one of these events. (48 votes)

20%

I won't be flying to any events like that. (131 votes)

56%

OTHER. My plans don't appear as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (24 votes)

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Did your flying skills atrophy over the long winter?

I haven't flown in months, and I'm going to need a check ride. (58 votes)

27%

I got some flying in between storms, but I'm going to be in the pattern the next time I fly. (67 votes)

31%

It was a long, flightless winter, but I'm confident I'll be fine. (26 votes)

12%

I never fly much in the winter, anyway, so it won't make any difference to me. (12 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.) (50 votes)

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What happened to Flight MH370?

It's the crime of the century. It was safely hijacked to a secure location. (207 votes)

28%

The disappearance may have been staged, but the aircraft has since been lost. (145 votes)

20%

There was a catastrophic failure or attack. It will never be found. (43 votes)

6%

Wreckage will turn up, and there will be a rational explanation for all the intrigue and conspiracy theories. (318 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.) (28 votes)

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Do you encourage people to become pilots?

I fly Young Eagles, I speak at career fairs and other non-aviation functions, and I generally try to be an aviation booster. (39 votes)

10%

I like sharing the experience with people, and those who like it I encourage to pursue training. (239 votes)

60%

Interests have changed, and the careers aren't as attractive, so encouraging new pilots is not really effective. (68 votes)

17%

People are either interested or they aren't, and there's nothing I can do about it. (44 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.) (10 votes)

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Should there be a show to replace AOPA Summit?

AOPA left a void, and this company will do well by filling it. (41 votes)

17%

There might be a need for another Summit, but it'll be tough for a non-aviation organization to pull it off. (43 votes)

17%

AOPA is a big, savvy business, and if the numbers justified Summit, they'd still have it. (105 votes)

43%

There are already too many shows. (52 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.) (6 votes)

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Do you fly when you think you're too tired?

Never. (184 votes)

42%

I sometimes push it a little but never to the point of being unsafe. (167 votes)

38%

The job is the job, and being tired is part of it. (68 votes)

16%

I hardly ever feel rested enough to fly. (8 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.) (9 votes)

2%

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Do you agree with ALPA that there's no looming shortage of pilots?

The world needs pilots and jobs will be plentiful. (41 votes)

16%

Good pilots will always find jobs, but they might have to travel. (58 votes)

22%

Other countries will start training pilots the way the U.S. does, and supply will exceed demand. (54 votes)

21%

ALPA just wants to keep supply tight so wages for its members stay high. (68 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.) (42 votes)

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Should the NFL (and others) pay for ATC services?

Anything beyond the normal traffic that results from commercial and recreational activity should trigger a charge to the entity that causes it. (38 votes)

8%

In most circumstances, no. But if the event organizer thinks smooth access to the event by aircraft is in the event's best interest, the option to pay for extra services should be there. (54 votes)

11%

There should be no "extra" services at all. Let the traffic happen, and let the system cope with the budget and resources it has. (58 votes)

12%

Those airplanes are already paying for air traffic services through the excise tax on fuel and should expect expedient and convenient routing and airport access. (321 votes)

68%

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)

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Can the FAA lighten up on drones a little?

We have only one chance to get this right, so there should be no civilian drone use until all the regulations are in place. (242 votes)

47%

It's still too early to allow general drone use, but there's no reason it couldn't be implemented in stages. (199 votes)

39%

The technology is mature, and the potential is, huge so every possible safe use of drones should be fast-tracked. (40 votes)

8%

Regulations are unnecessary except for in congested airspace. (20 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.) (15 votes)

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When do you foresee aviation's long-forecasted "recovery"?

Recovery is inevitable, because aviation is essential. (18 votes)

5%

Aviation is in the same position as many other industries. The economy took a big hit. It takes time to recover. (69 votes)

18%

Aviation's recovery is more affected by external forces than many other sectors, so it will take longer. (118 votes)

30%

Recovery will be a long time coming. (171 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.) (18 votes)

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What's your plan to prepare for ADS-B?

I'm already done. (17 votes)

8%

Plane is in the shop now. (5 votes)

2%

The new program might make it possible for me. (18 votes)

9%

There's plenty of time, and I'll figure it out later. (146 votes)

73%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (15 votes)

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What do you make of the FAA's decision to cut countable simulator training hours in half?

Simulators are ideally suited to instrument training, and this policy must be reversed. (346 votes)

57%

Simulators are good for teaching procedures, and 10 hours should cover that. (150 votes)

25%

Simulators have a place, but recent events have shown some flaws with electronic-based training. (68 votes)

11%

The only way to learn how to fly is to fly. It can't be simulated. (31 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.) (14 votes)

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