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Next week, it will be time to fish or cut bait. Are you planning to use BasicMed rather than another Third Class Medical?

Definitely. It's just a lot easier. (45 votes)

21%

I still have no idea. There's not enough information out there yet. (53 votes)

25%

I'm on the fence. But probably I will. (33 votes)

15%

I'm on the fence. But probably I won't. (59 votes)

28%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice. I might send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please. Remember we consider these e-mails for publication unless you specifically say otherwise.) (23 votes)

11%

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After a week of news coverage, what do you think about United Airlines' handling of a passenger who refused to be bumped?

Much ado about nothing, if you ask me. (18 votes)

2%

He should have deplaned. He had it coming. (100 votes)

11%

He should have deplaned, but the use of force was excessive. (292 votes)

34%

I'd like to have just 10 percent of the eventual legal settlement. (417 votes)

48%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice. I might send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please. Remember we consider these e-mails for publication unless you specifically say otherwise.) (44 votes)

5%

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What do you think the big story was at Sun 'n Fun?

Mooney's rollout of the new Acclaim Ultra. (56 votes)

18%

Levil's totally cool BOM. (166 votes)

53%

TBM 910 announcement (14 votes)

4%

Military demo teams. (42 votes)

13%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice. I might send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please. Remember we consider these e-mails for publication unless you specifically say otherwise.) (38 votes)

12%

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Do you check for presidential TFRs before every flight?

Yes, without fail as part of my normal flight planning. (249 votes)

48%

Usually, but I will admit to doing local flights without checking. (131 votes)

25%

Sometimes, but usually not. We don't have them where I fly (74 votes)

14%

Almost never. Too much trouble. (53 votes)

10%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice. I might send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please. Remember we consider these e-mails for publication unless you specifically say otherwise.) (12 votes)

2%

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Should the FAA be required to suppress N-numbers for ADS-B tracking?

Yes, this is very important to me. (243 votes)

40%

Yes, but I don't consider that important for me. (118 votes)

19%

No, I don't really see this as a major privacy issue. (198 votes)

33%

Frankly, this has no application to me at all. (35 votes)

6%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice. I might send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please. Remember we consider these e-mails for publication unless you specifically say otherwise.) (12 votes)

2%

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Would you go along with the privatization of ATC?

Yes, if the annual fixed fee were less than $100. (126 votes)

16%

Yes. I'd pay up to $500 a year. (21 votes)

3%

Yes. But fees should be low and for specific services rendered. (63 votes)

8%

No, never. No way, no how. (537 votes)

69%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice. I might send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please. Remember we consider these e-mails for publication unless you specifically say otherwise.) (33 votes)

4%

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Last week, Sen. Charles Schumer asked the NTSB to look into a rash of accidents in his state. What's your perception of the GA accident rate?

It's really pretty terrible. The FAA and NTSB should do more to help the industry lower it. (30 votes)

4%

We could certainly improve, but I doubt if the FAA and NTSB can move the needle much. (255 votes)

35%

The accident rate has improved over the past decade. GA pilots are mostly weekend amateurs and are doing pretty well. (163 votes)

22%

This accident concern is just a lot more heat than light, in my view. (271 votes)

37%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice. I might send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please. Remember we consider these e-mails for publication unless you specifically say otherwise.) (18 votes)

2%

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A Seattle man was jailed for 30 days after his drone hit a building and knocked a woman unconscious. Was that a fair sentence?

Yes, I think the judge got it right. (284 votes)

41%

No, he should have been given a longer sentence. (105 votes)

15%

I think a fine would have been sufficient. (162 votes)

23%

Maybe. But are we going to start jailing pilots for accidents, too? (129 votes)

19%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice. I might send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please. Remember we consider these e-mails for publication unless you specifically say otherwise.) (13 votes)

2%

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Would you spend an additional $10,000 for a factory remanufactured engine over a field overhaul from a reputable shop?

Absolutely. A zero-timed factory engine contributes to the resale value. (96 votes)

15%

I don’t care about resale value as much as the quality and support for a factory reman. (130 votes)

20%

Definitely not. I don’t think it would matter much to a buyer, as long as the engine was within TBO and has thorough logs. (328 votes)

51%

Neither. I would sell the aircraft because I can’t afford to re-engine it. (56 votes)

9%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice. I might send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please. Remember we consider these e-mails for publication unless you specifically say otherwise.) (28 votes)

4%

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How should the FAA deal with clearance busts like Harrison Ford's?

This is serious. His certificate should be revoked. (2 votes)

3%

He should be suspended for 30 days and take a re-certification (709) ride. (15 votes)

23%

A 709 ride is plenty. (22 votes)

33%

Just a friendly chat with a FSDO inspector ought to do it. (26 votes)

39%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice. I might 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)

2%

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If you were a doctor, would you sign the BasicMed checklist?

Yes, I think the liability fear is overblown. (106 votes)

25%

No. Given the tort environment in the U.S., why would I? (196 votes)

45%

I don't have enough information yet to form an opinion. (124 votes)

29%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice. I might 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)

1%

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Will ATC finally be privatized this year?

Yes, and we'll all love it. (23 votes)

4%

Yes, and we'll all hate it. (154 votes)

30%

No, never gonna happen in our lifetimes. (136 votes)

26%

Frankly, I can't venture a guess. (188 votes)

36%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice. I might 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)

3%

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Do You Support The Deal To Close Santa Monica Airport?

No. The FAA sold out general aviation and set dangerous precedents. This has to be fought. (0 votes)

No. The shortening of the runway is a dealbreaker. (0 votes)

Maybe. Considering how much taxpayers money has been spent fighting about it, maybe this is the best we can do. (0 votes)

Yes. SMO will close anyway when its federal obligations end and this will provide a rational transition period. (0 votes)

Yes. This should have happened years ago. (0 votes)

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Are you waiting until the last minute to install ADS-B?

Yup. Like midnight the day before the 2020 mandate kicks in. (70 votes)

19%

I'm going to wait until the mandate is about a year out. (90 votes)

25%

I think I'll do it during 2017. There's no point in waiting further. (73 votes)

20%

Easy. I'm just not going to do it at all. (82 votes)

23%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice. I might send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please. Remember we consider these e-mails for publication unless you specifically say otherwise.) (49 votes)

13%

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What's your opinion of the FAA's just-announced BasicMed program?

I think it's great and I plan to use it. (124 votes)

29%

I'm a little disappointed with it, but I still plan to use it. (86 votes)

20%

I think it fell far short of the mark, but I guess it might help a little. (121 votes)

28%

I think it's so complex and ineffective as to be useless. (79 votes)

18%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice. I might send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please. Remember we consider these e-mails for publication unless you specifically say otherwise.) (23 votes)

5%

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