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Will the relaxation of the third class medical keep you flying?

As soon as this passes, I'll be back in the air. (74 votes)

20%

I have a medical, but this looks good for the future. (221 votes)

59%

Good health is as important as flying to me, so no difference. (57 votes)

15%

This is a mistake. (18 votes)

5%

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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What do you think of the FAA's proposed drone rules?

Seems like a sensible first step. (127 votes)

40%

The rule is fine, but the process is taking too long. (58 votes)

18%

They're rushing things. More information is needed. (20 votes)

6%

Drones are a significant threat and should be much more restricted. (82 votes)

26%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (27 votes)

9%

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Have you ever flown south on a winter escape?

Every year. (19 votes)

16%

Every other year. (2 votes)

2%

From time to time. (37 votes)

32%

Never. (54 votes)

47%

OTHER. My snowbirding habits don't appear as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (4 votes)

3%

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Who should this year's Collier Trophy go to?

Alan Eustace and the StratEx team. (15 votes)

11%

Embraer Legacy 500. (5 votes)

4%

F-16 automatic ground collision avoidance team. (22 votes)

16%

General aviation joint steering committee. (29 votes)

21%

Gulfstream G650. (31 votes)

22%

Orion Exploration Flight Test 1. (34 votes)

24%

Orion UAS team. (5 votes)

4%

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Would you like to fly to Cuba?

No. (141 votes)

28%

Maybe, but there are plenty of other places to fly that appeal to me more. (128 votes)

25%

Probably, as long as it's safe and accessible. (121 votes)

24%

I can't wait. (112 votes)

22%

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)

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What upgrades are you planning for your airplane this year?

My airplane is just fine the way it is. (70 votes)

43%

I'm tackling the cosmetics with paint and interior work. (17 votes)

10%

I'll be updating my avionics and/or radios. (27 votes)

17%

Biting the bullet and adding ADS-B. (24 votes)

15%

OTHER. I'll be doing something else. Maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (25 votes)

15%

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Should satellite tracking transmitters be mandatory for airliners?

Yes. It's long past time. (351 votes)

61%

Yes, but airlines shouldn't have to bear the whole cost. (46 votes)

8%

No. Preventing accidents is a better use for the money. (45 votes)

8%

No. Cost should be measured against risk, and airliner accidents like MH370 and AirAsia are very rare. (122 votes)

21%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice — but maybe I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please.) (11 votes)

2%

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Can a first officer work remotely?

It's a bad idea that the public will never accept. (198 votes)

45%

It's the first step toward drone airliners, but it's premature. (49 votes)

11%

The technology is there already, but the political and social acceptance are a long way off. (162 votes)

37%

The sooner, the better. (20 votes)

5%

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)

2%

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

Yes! The more, the merrier. (22 votes)

6%

Short-term results seem positive, but the long-term will tell the tale. (94 votes)

27%

There will inevitably be failures, and Chinese resolve will be tested then. (29 votes)

8%

The industry will gradually move to China as the market there evolves. (62 votes)

18%

China is stealing our technology and talent and should be stopped. (128 votes)

37%

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)

2%

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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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