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

In a heartbeat. (6 votes)

23%

Not a chance in hell. (7 votes)

27%

Depends. Is it round trip? (8 votes)

31%

Why are you asking? This will never happen. (5 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.) (0 votes)

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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%

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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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%

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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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%

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)

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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Are You Ready to Buy ADS-B Yet?

No, I'm not planning to buy this equipment at all. (57 votes)

20%

Maybe, but I'm waiting for better deals and more rebates. (112 votes)

38%

Yes, I think this summer or fall is the time to finally push the button. (46 votes)

16%

I haven't the foggiest idea of what to do. (59 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.) (17 votes)

6%

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Do you consider avgas to be cheap?

Frankly, I just pay for it. I don't think about what it costs. (84 votes)

15%

Maybe not cheap in the absolute, but cheaper than it was. (159 votes)

29%

I think it's priced about right. (11 votes)

2%

No, there's no way I consider it cheap. (289 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. Remember we consider these e-mails for publication unless you specifically say otherwise.) (3 votes)

1%

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Does Commercial Ballooning Need Tighter Regulation

Absolutely. The Texas accident proves it. (73 votes)

18%

Maybe. But I'd need more information to decide. (119 votes)

30%

No, not on the basis of just one accident like this. (182 votes)

45%

Why should I care? (22 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. Remember we consider these e-mails for publication unless you specifically say otherwise.) (5 votes)

1%

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What was the big news story at AirVenture this year?

Martin Mars water bomber. (155 votes)

30%

Cessna Denali turboprop. (40 votes)

8%

Sun Flyer electric trainer. (22 votes)

4%

TruTrak autopilot. (70 votes)

13%

Garmin G5 for certified airplanes. (99 votes)

19%

Elaine locks self out of AVweb news trailer. (114 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.) (19 votes)

4%

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What Are You Hoping to See at AirVenture This Year?

New airplanes top my list. (26 votes)

7%

I'm shopping for avionics. (36 votes)

10%

I like the forums and technical events. (19 votes)

5%

The air shows are the big attraction for me. (12 votes)

3%

Sadly, I'm not going this year. (267 votes)

74%

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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How will the just-passed Third Class medical reform affect you?

Not at all. I still plan to get a regular medical. (195 votes)

28%

It's a huge relief. I'm likely to keep my airplane or buy another one. (176 votes)

25%

I was about to get into light sport flying, but maybe I'll stick with certified airplanes. (45 votes)

6%

To be honest, I just don't know enough yet to say one way or another. (236 votes)

34%

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.) (48 votes)

7%

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Is it worth the risk to fly Doc, a newly restored B-29?

Absolutely. Otherwise, why restore it? (613 votes)

84%

Yes, but gingerly and rarely. Fifi is enough for the airshow circuit. (87 votes)

12%

Maybe it should be flown to move it occasionally, but otherwise, no. (17 votes)

2%

No. It's not worth the risk, in my view. (12 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.) (3 votes)

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Assuming you could afford one, would you buy an autonomous airplane?

No way. I mean, what's the point? (303 votes)

67%

Maybe, but how about a more capable autopilot first? (78 votes)

17%

Definitely. I think this is terrific technology. (27 votes)

6%

I don't have enough information to decide. (35 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.) (7 votes)

2%

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Should the Supreme Court hear Flytenow's case challenging the legality of its aviation rideshare service?

Yes. The FAA overreached on this one. (171 votes)

39%

No, the FAA acted correctly in shutting down Flytenow. (124 votes)

28%

I'm not sure, but these regulations may be out of date and in need of revision. (100 votes)

23%

I'm not sure SCOTUS is currently functional enough to render a useful decision. (42 votes)

10%

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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