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Last week, AVweb stepped back from the issues of the day and asked a more general (and possibly more profound) question:  Why do you fly?

While we couldn't account for every possible reason, we gave a smattering of what we feel are the most common thrills and rewards of flying and asked our readers to pick their favorite.  A full half of you (50% of respondents) attributed their passion to the "spirit of flight" that intellectual escape provided by exercising your mind and skills in ways you can't on the ground.

Other popular answers were the challenge of flying (chosen by 24% of respondents) and the spectacular view (17%).

Our other options garnered smaller numbers:  24 readers liked being in control of their own destiny as captains-in-command, and another 24 found the precision required to fly an aircraft was its own reward.  18 readers even told us that it was all about getting there as quickly and efficiently as possible.  (So much for that "joy being in the journey" stuff.)


This week, AVweb wants to know how you feel about the relationship between an instrument rating and a pilot's safety.  Does an instrument rating make for a safer pilot?

Click here to answer.

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