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Have you ever declared an emergency?

I've had multiple in-flight emergencies. (49 votes)

18%

I've had one, and that's enough. (37 votes)

14%

I almost declared an emergency but was able to resolve it in flight. (44 votes)

16%

So far, so good. (136 votes)

50%

OTHER. None of the choices matches my experience with emergencies — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (7 votes)

3%

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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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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)

7%

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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)

1%

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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)

5%

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How do you answer questions about plane crashes?

I just say I don't know any more than they do and leave it at that. (43 votes)

10%

I try to explain what might have happened, but I'm careful not to talk about probable cause or anything I don't have personal experience with. (159 votes)

37%

I reassure them that flying is the safest form of mass transportation and that aviation accidents get an unnatural amount of coverage. (151 votes)

35%

I tell them to ignore the mainstream media sensationalization of air crashes. (65 votes)

15%

OTHER. None of these speaks for me — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (16 votes)

4%

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What's your main purpose in attending AirVenture this year?

Force of habit. I just go every year. (12 votes)

7%

I love the atmosphere, the people, and the feel of the whole event. It's a vacation. (90 votes)

55%

I'm looking for stuff for my airplane, and there's a good selection and prices at the show. (11 votes)

7%

I'm looking for a new airplane, and the latest and greatest are there. (3 votes)

2%

I've never been and want to see what it's all about. (26 votes)

16%

OTHER. My reason doesn't appear as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (22 votes)

13%

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Can the FAA pick an unleaded future fuel in four years?

What's taking so long? The testing should require no more than a year. (108 votes)

26%

Seems like a reasonable timeline, given the surprisingly large field of candidates. (57 votes)

14%

It sounds ambitious. There's a lot at stake, and it needs to be done carefully. (39 votes)

9%

Given the FAA's track record on new initiatives, the timeline seems optimistic at best. (210 votes)

50%

OTHER. Nothing resembling my opinion appears as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (3 votes)

1%

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How safe do you feel when you fly?

It's the most natural thing for me, and I am completely comfortable. (295 votes)

47%

I love flying, but I have some concerns. (295 votes)

47%

Flying scares me most of the time, but I still do it. (16 votes)

3%

I'm about to hang it up. (13 votes)

2%

OTHER. Nothing resembling my opinion appears as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (6 votes)

1%

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What do you make of the FAA's distinction between RC aircraft and UAVs?

It's a positive step toward a reasonable accommodation of remotely piloted aircraft. (63 votes)

23%

There's nothing new here. These rules are already in place. (70 votes)

25%

The FAA is just stalling while it tackles the big issues. (38 votes)

14%

It's a hint at the overly restrictive regulatory environment that's coming. (86 votes)

31%

The FAA is anti-UAS, and this is a prime example. (17 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.) (6 votes)

2%

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What do you think about the "USA Today" story on GA safety?

It's tomorrow's bird cage liner. Forget it and move on. (158 votes)

40%

Although much of the article is offensive and inaccurate, there are some points that hit home. (94 votes)

24%

It's a valuable insight into how the rest of the world perceives GA. (86 votes)

22%

There are a lot of uncomfortable truths in the story, and it bears some examination. (47 votes)

12%

OTHER. Nothing resembling my opinion appears as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (10 votes)

3%

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When are you adding ADS-B equipment to your airplane?

Already have. (36 votes)

12%

Next annual. (17 votes)

6%

There's plenty of time. (69 votes)

23%

Haven't planned it yet. (157 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.) (20 votes)

7%

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