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

Yes, this is very important to me. (5 votes)

33%

Yes, but I don't consider that important for me. (2 votes)

13%

No, I don't really see this as a major privacy issue. (4 votes)

27%

Frankly, this has no application to me at all. (4 votes)

27%

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.) (0 votes)

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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. (536 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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Would you fly or fly in a drone capable of flying one or more humans?

Not on your life. Ever (254 votes)

40%

Not now, but in five years? Maybe (167 votes)

27%

Where do I sign up? (77 votes)

12%

I think this technology is too far in the future to answer this question. (127 votes)

20%

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.) (4 votes)

1%

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If you were buying new avionics, how important would it be to you to have touchscreen capability?

It's a must have. Deal breaker without it. (51 votes)

11%

I can live without it if the rest of the interface is solid. (223 votes)

49%

I definitely don't want touchscreen. (102 votes)

23%

Doesn't matter to me. New avionics aren't in my budget. (70 votes)

15%

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.) (7 votes)

2%

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If Mogas (E0) is no longer available at airports or off airports, will this impact your flying?

It sure will. I burn mogas exclusively. (76 votes)

12%

No. I don't use it and have never used it. (131 votes)

21%

Not me personally, but I still wish it were available for people who want it. (118 votes)

19%

Am I allowed to say how dumb I think the corn ethanol program is? (299 votes)

47%

Am I allowed to say how great I think the corn ethanol program is? (7 votes)

1%

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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President-elect Donald Trump Says Boeing is Overcharging for the Air Force 1 Replacements. Is he right?

Yes. Four billion for two airplanes is ridiculous. (309 votes)

34%

Whether he's right or wrong, he should get the actual contract details before Tweeting away. (388 votes)

43%

Why do we even need these barges? We should get by with smaller, more efficient airplanes for the president. (100 votes)

11%

The airplanes will soon be 30 years old. We need to replace them. (99 votes)

11%

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.) (16 votes)

2%

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