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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. (32 votes)

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Seems like a reasonable timeline, given the surprisingly large field of candidates. (16 votes)

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It sounds ambitious. There's a lot at stake, and it needs to be done carefully. (9 votes)

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Given the FAA's track record on new initiatives, the timeline seems optimistic at best. (61 votes)

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OTHER. Nothing resembling my opinion appears as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (2 votes)

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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)

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

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

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

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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)

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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)

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

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

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

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

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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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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)

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

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

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

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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)

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

Already have. (36 votes)

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Next annual. (17 votes)

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There's plenty of time. (69 votes)

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Haven't planned it yet. (157 votes)

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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)

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Is AOPA doing the right thing in raising membership fees?

In these times, any increase is a bad idea, and AOPA should rethink it. (83 votes)

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AOPA should only raise fees as a last resort and should look at cost-cutting and new forms of revenue first. (87 votes)

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It's a modest increase and brings AOPA more in line with other aviation groups, so it's O.K. with me. (123 votes)

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I'd much rather it raise money this way than by creating businesses that compete with privately owned aviation enterprises. (84 votes)

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OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (12 votes)

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Should U.S. Customs and Border Protection revise its policies on intercepting aircraft suspected of criminal activity?

The intercepts that have been publicized were overly aggressive. Something needs changing. (362 votes)

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The program itself has value because it's actually had some success. Law-abiding pilots have nothing to fear. (25 votes)

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Aircraft have been used for crime almost since their inception. Aviation shouldn't be exempt from reasonable law enforcement scrutiny. (34 votes)

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GA is one of the many tools organized crime uses for business. If anything, enforcement should be escalated. (15 votes)

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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)

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What's your personal GA outlook?

It's definitely looking better at my airport, and most people I talk to are positive about the future. (35 votes)

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It's better, but it probably couldn't have gotten much worse. (42 votes)

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I haven't seen any improvement, but the decline seems to have stopped. (104 votes)

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It's in steady decline, and there's no end in sight. (151 votes)

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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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What's the biggest change coming for GA in the next ten years?

We'll be sharing runways with UAVs. (52 votes)

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Half of all aircraft will be flying on alternative fuels, including electric. (26 votes)

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It'll be pretty much the same, and the same debates will be going on. (232 votes)

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There will be hardly any GA. (104 votes)

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OTHER. My prediction doesn't appear as a choice — but maybe I'll share it with you in an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (6 votes)

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Should the FAA revise its stance on UAVs?

It's time for the FAA to say "uncle" and allow any kind of UAV use below 400 feet. (83 votes)

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Public service use of UAVs should be allowed immediately, but commercial uses should be scrutinized and allowed by permit. (41 votes)

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The conservative approach makes sense, but the bureaucratic gridlock at the FAA has to be resolved on this issue. (96 votes)

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UAVs are potentially dangerous to manned operations, and until we know what those dangers are, it should be illegal to use them for anything but as a hobby. (169 votes)

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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)

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Should national aviation treasures be protected?

Leave the government out of heritage protection. If it's an important artifact, the public will ensure its protection. (74 votes)

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Government can help with programs and grants, but free enterprise should make the business decisions. (88 votes)

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There's a national imperative to ensure that history is preserved and interpreted. Where free enterprise fails, the government should be ready to step in. (117 votes)

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It's the government's role to ensure the historical record of the country is intact, and it should move to acquire these treasures. (51 votes)

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Are drones in the air space a big concern?

Nothing pilotless should operate where piloted aircraft operate. Period. (148 votes)

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The little plastic toys don't present much threat, but they should be limited to low altitude and be kept away from airports. (148 votes)

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Technology is overtaking the regulatory environment, and until the FAA catches up we need to keep unmanned aircraft under strict control. (191 votes)

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UAS is the way of the future, and we need to embrace it rather than restrict it. (78 votes)

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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)

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

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

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Clothing makes no difference at all. (47 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)

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

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

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

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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)

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

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

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

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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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