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How do you feel about Chinese investment in North American aviation?

Yes! The more, the merrier. (8 votes)

6%

Short-term results seem positive, but the long-term will tell the tale. (43 votes)

31%

There will inevitably be failures, and Chinese resolve will be tested then. (12 votes)

9%

The industry will gradually move to China as the market there evolves. (25 votes)

18%

China is stealing our technology and talent and should be stopped. (47 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.) (2 votes)

1%

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How do you feel about the Orion launch and the future of U.S. spaceflight?

Go, NASA! This put the agency back on track as the leader in space exploration. (100 votes)

26%

The resumption of the manned program is essential. The U.S. can't rely on Russia for space access. (211 votes)

56%

It's a great accomplishment but also a huge expense. Can we really afford this? (29 votes)

8%

Space exploration is a waste of time and money that could be better spent solving problems on Earth. (22 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.) (18 votes)

5%

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Is there a market for supersonic aircraft?

It will be the next big thing in commercial and business air travel. (31 votes)

8%

There will be those willing to pay the premium, but it will be a small market. (263 votes)

64%

The technology is the easy part. Red tape may prevent it from happening. (48 votes)

12%

It wasn't viable with the Concorde, and it won't be viable in the future. (68 votes)

17%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (1 votes)

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How does winter weather affect your flying?

No real difference. (126 votes)

38%

I fly less in the winter but enough to stay current and proficient. (114 votes)

34%

I stay current, but my skills slip. (22 votes)

7%

I don't fly as much as I should. (42 votes)

13%

I just shut it down for the winter. (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.) (8 votes)

2%

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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. (38 votes)

13%

The China aviation market's potential is real but somewhat overstated. (44 votes)

16%

Whether it's a bubble or not, China's investment in aviation is good for all us. (59 votes)

21%

There may be major opportunities in China, but China is just looking out for China. (140 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)

3%

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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)

1%

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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)

2%

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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)

4%

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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)

8%

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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)

2%

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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)

1%

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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)

1%

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