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Will Self-Driving Cars Compete With Airline Travel?

Yes, on some short trips. (86 votes)

21%

Maybe, but we're a long way from seeing that. (118 votes)

28%

No, this is just more industry PR noise. (108 votes)

26%

I'm not getting into either autonomous airplanes or cars. (99 votes)

24%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice. I'll 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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Do You Sump Fuel Tanks Before Every Flight?

Yes. Without fail. (371 votes)

48%

Before the first flight, but not later in the day. (283 votes)

37%

I admit I have skipped it a few times. (58 votes)

8%

Only after refueling. (36 votes)

5%

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

3%

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Did You Use Your Airplane for Thanksgiving Travel?

Yes. It's a family tradition. (46 votes)

13%

No, but we usually do. (42 votes)

12%

I don't have an airplane. (136 votes)

38%

Wait, last week was Thanksgiving? (106 votes)

30%

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

8%

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Do Pilots Need to Know About All Automated Systems On The Airplanes They Fly?

Absolutely. This is basic stuff. (435 votes)

70%

Yes, but there ought to be a limit somewhere. (105 votes)

17%

No. Automation is there to work...automatically. (10 votes)

2%

I'm not sure. But clearly pilots need to hand fly more. (66 votes)

11%

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

1%

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Is Diamond's Hybrid-Drive Electric Airplane a Good Idea?

Yes, the industry has to go in this direction. (93 votes)

21%

Possibly. Let's see the performance numbers. (266 votes)

59%

No, this is just PR candy for the press. (74 votes)

16%

Wouldn't pure electric be a better idea? (11 votes)

2%

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1%

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Is the GAO Right to Investigate FBO Charges?

Yes, this is a proper governmental function. (234 votes)

61%

No, this should be settled by the free market. (39 votes)

10%

Investigate access restrictions, but not pricing. (103 votes)

27%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice. I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please. Remember we consider these e-mails for publication unless you specifically say otherwise.) (5 votes)

1%

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Can NASA Design a Quiet Supersonic Transport?

I think this is absolutely doable. (117 votes)

23%

Maybe quieter, but not quiet. (234 votes)

47%

Realizing how shock waves form, I'm going with no. (70 votes)

14%

Even if they do, the commercial implications are minimal. (75 votes)

15%

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1%

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Do You Believe Uber's Air Taxi Fares Will Eventually Be As Cheap As Cars Are Now?

No way, no how. (355 votes)

67%

I wanna believe, I really do. (60 votes)

11%

Yes. I think the economics pencil out. (7 votes)

1%

Maybe not as cheap as cars, but possibly viable anyway. (103 votes)

20%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice. I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please. Remember we consider these e-mails for publication unless you specifically say otherwise.) (3 votes)

1%

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Is Raising The Weight Limits of LSAs A Good Idea?

Yes, it's about time, too. (516 votes)

68%

Yes, but it's too little, too late. (75 votes)

10%

Why bother? Light sport has been a failure. (79 votes)

10%

I'm not sure, but I'm not buying anything until this is sorted. (65 votes)

9%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice. I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please. Remember we consider these e-mails for publication unless you specifically say otherwise.) (22 votes)

3%

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Do You Think NOTAMS Are Impossibly Difficult to Read?

Yes. They're practically useless. (364 votes)

47%

No, I can parse them ok. (148 votes)

19%

Not sure, but they need to be improved. (224 votes)

29%

Frankly, I rarely bother with NOTAMs. (35 votes)

5%

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1%

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Would You Consider Becoming a Professional Pilot?

Yes, but I'm too old. (315 votes)

51%

I'm actually thinking about it. (66 votes)

11%

No, not my thing. (110 votes)

18%

I already am one. (113 votes)

18%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice. I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please. Remember we consider these e-mails for publication unless you specifically say otherwise.) (15 votes)

2%

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Would you ever consider flying on an expired medical or a revoked certificate?

No way. Are you nuts? (330 votes)

53%

Maybe with the medical, but never on a revoked certificate. (72 votes)

12%

Yes. I think both are government boondoggles. (27 votes)

4%

You think I'm going to answer that here? (174 votes)

28%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice. I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please. Remember we consider these e-mails for publication unless you specifically say otherwise.) (15 votes)

2%

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Have You Pushed The Button On Installing ADS-B Yet?

Yes. And I'm glad I did. (166 votes)

39%

Yes, but I'm underwhelmed. (52 votes)

12%

No, but I will be before the year ends. (62 votes)

15%

No. And I don't plan to. (114 votes)

27%

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7%

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Does Dynon's Lower Cost EFIS Program Entice You To Upgrade Your Panel?

Yes. I definitely like what I'm seeing (80 votes)

27%

Maybe. But I need to learn more before deciding. (72 votes)

24%

No. Not interested in this kind of upgrade. (58 votes)

20%

I'm just trying to get past the ADS-B thing. (76 votes)

26%

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4%

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How Much Would You Pay To Modify Your Airplane To Run On Low-Octane Fuel?

Nothing. I can already burn low-octane gas. (169 votes)

36%

Nothing. If no unleaded high-octane appears, I'm done. (86 votes)

18%

Less than $1000 (93 votes)

20%

Between $1000 and $5000 (90 votes)

19%

Between $5000 and $10,000 (23 votes)

5%

OTHER. My opinion doesn't appear as a choice. I'll send you an e-mail. (200 words or less, please. Remember we consider these e-mails for publication unless you specifically say otherwise.) (8 votes)

2%

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