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Will EAA's STC project for installing experimental avionics in certified airplanes encourage you to upgrade your panel?

Yes. I was really excited to hear about it. (186 votes)

62%

I'm not sure, but I'm considering it. (41 votes)

14%

No, but I'm happy to see EAA doing something about the cost of ownership. (53 votes)

18%

No, I don't think it's a good use of EAA resources. (10 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. Remember we consider these e-mails for publication unless you specifically say otherwise.) (11 votes)

4%

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What are your plans for summer flying?

I'm going to get a rating or endorsement. (66 votes)

23%

I'm planning a long trip. (84 votes)

29%

Short trips and around the patch. (86 votes)

29%

I hope to stay proficient. (39 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.) (17 votes)

6%

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When will you switch to unleaded fuel?

As soon as it's conveniently available. (229 votes)

49%

I'll try it and see how it works. (54 votes)

12%

I'll blend it with 100LL. (9 votes)

2%

I'll use 100LL until it's no longer available. (148 votes)

32%

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.) (29 votes)

6%

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Ever fallen asleep in the cockpit?

Frequently. (14 votes)

3%

Sometimes. (29 votes)

6%

Rarely. (56 votes)

13%

Never. (341 votes)

76%

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)

2%

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Would you buy an Icon A5, considering the sales contract?

No. (721 votes)

84%

Maybe, but I'd have to have my lawyer look at the agreement. (67 votes)

8%

Maybe, if a few things are changed. (41 votes)

5%

Yes. This is how GA transactions have to be structured. (27 votes)

3%

OTHER. None of the options covers my opinion — 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.) (5 votes)

1%

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What are your air show attendance plans this year?

Packing for Sun 'n Fun and heading to AirVenture, too. (27 votes)

8%

I'll do one but not the other. (87 votes)

27%

Only local shows. (99 votes)

31%

Nothing this year. (102 votes)

32%

OTHER. None of these reflects my plans — 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.) (6 votes)

2%

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In the wake of the Germanwings report, should psychiatric examinations be part of medical qualifications?

Germanwings was a tragic anomaly that couldn't realistically have been prevented. (94 votes)

27%

The signs were recognized under normal medical protocols but they weren't acted upon. (172 votes)

49%

Mental health is a key component in overall fitness to fly and should get the same weight as physical examinations. (54 votes)

16%

Every pilot should have a basic psychiatric examination at every annual. (14 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.) (14 votes)

4%

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Why are so few women interested in aviation careers?

Same reason fewer men are: low pay, long hours. (169 votes)

58%

Lack of mentorship and role models. (39 votes)

13%

It may have been cultural at one time, but those days are over. (39 votes)

13%

It's one of the last bastions of chauvinism. (22 votes)

8%

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.) (21 votes)

7%

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What new technology are you looking forward to in aviation?

3-D printing. (62 votes)

20%

Autonomous operation. (13 votes)

4%

ADS-B. (86 votes)

28%

Electric propulsion. (118 votes)

38%

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.) (31 votes)

10%

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User fees: Really, how do you feel?

Never ever, ever. (441 votes)

69%

Never ever. Without something big in return. (75 votes)

12%

Maybe, if the net financial impact is neutral or better. (75 votes)

12%

Why not? Taxes or fees — what's the difference? (40 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. Remember we consider these e-mails for publication unless you specifically say otherwise.) (8 votes)

1%

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Is government oversight of ATC necessary?

Yes. Privatization should not be considered. (205 votes)

62%

Yes, but that could involve private enterprise. (64 votes)

19%

No, but the private operator must be regulated. (33 votes)

10%

No. Private operators can do it better than government. (24 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.) (3 votes)

1%

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Who should win this year's Collier Trophy?

HondaJet. (91 votes)

25%

Blue Origin reusable rocket. (86 votes)

23%

C-5M Super Galaxy. (38 votes)

10%

Icon A5 Amphibian. (75 votes)

20%

Airbus A350. (16 votes)

4%

Dawn Project. (6 votes)

2%

New Horizons. (39 votes)

11%

Two Eagles balloon team. (5 votes)

1%

UCAS-D aerial refueling. (15 votes)

4%

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Should Congress consider ATC privatization?

No, it should be a government function. (369 votes)

67%

Sure, as long no user fees are included. (113 votes)

21%

All options should be considered. (49 votes)

9%

User fees are O.K. with me. (11 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. Remember we consider these e-mails for publication unless you specifically say otherwise.) (5 votes)

1%

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Are you doing any winter flying?

No. Weather has been horrible. (41 votes)

11%

Always take the winter off. (15 votes)

4%

Some, but not as much as I'd like. (140 votes)

38%

Still flying regularly. (133 votes)

36%

It's not winter here. ;) (36 votes)

10%

OTHER. None of these describes my situation — 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 laser strikes worry you?

You bet, and I've bought protective gear. (19 votes)

5%

It's a concern but not a big risk. (134 votes)

38%

The risk is minimal and doesn't affect my flying. (124 votes)

36%

It's mostly media hype, and I ignore it. (68 votes)

19%

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.) (4 votes)

1%

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