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Last week, AVweb revisited a familiar debate, pitting IFR flight against VFR to find out which our readers prefer.

As we expected, it was a close match, with VFR edging ahead by a small (but significant) factor.  38% of those who responded told us they'd take VFR over IFR any time it was available.

Our second largest segment of respondents, 33%, chose IFR.  They agreed with the statement that VFR is just a stepping stone to higher ratings, and higher ratings (like IFR ratings) make better pilots.

Trailing a little ways behind were those of you who thought that IFR is the quickest, most efficient way to get from Point A to Point B.  19% of you chose IFR because of its cold, unassailable practicality.

And a modest 9% of readers chose VFR because, despite its inherent limitations, it's the safest way to fly.

SPECIAL NOTE:  Thanks to the readers who notified us of last week's "QOTW" problem.  We've isolated the gremlin and pounded it into submission, and those of you who didn't get a chance to chime in on the VFR-vs.-IFR debate can do so now by clicking here.


LSA:  Do you plan to be a participant, or just an observer?  A burgeoning industry hopes the skies will soon be teeming with Light Sport Aircraft, but we want to know if one of those aircraft will belong to you.  Do you plan to buy a Light Sport Aircraft in the future?

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