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Should the Air Canada pilots who nearly landed on a taxiway last week face certificate action?

Absolutely. That was an egregious lack of airmanship they are paid to avoid. (76 votes)

12%

I would say they should get some additional training. (143 votes)

22%

No. It was a bad mistake, but they corrected it in time. (118 votes)

18%

I'm reserving judgment until the investigation is completed. (317 votes)

48%

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)

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Now that a Chinese company has agreed to buy the Terrafugia flying car project, do you think they're on to something?

Yes. Western investors are missing an opportunity here. (26 votes)

4%

Maybe. They may be fishing for some specific technology to use elsewhere. (129 votes)

22%

Yeah, they're about to jump down a dark rabbit hole with no exit. (297 votes)

51%

At least they didn't buy Cessna. (124 votes)

21%

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.) (8 votes)

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Would you take a starting airline pilot job that paid $25,000?

In a heartbeat. (36 votes)

6%

No way, no how. (284 votes)

48%

Earlier in my career, I would have considered it. But not now. (186 votes)

32%

Even earlier in my career, I wouldn't have done it. (77 votes)

13%

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)

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Will supersonic air travel be a reality again?

No way. Concorde's failure proved that. (20 votes)

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I'm a skeptic. But never say never. (132 votes)

24%

Qualified yes, if new technologies improve the economics. (223 votes)

41%

It's inevitable. (161 votes)

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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.) (3 votes)

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How did your Basic Med exam go?

I haven't done it yet but plan to. (87 votes)

30%

I haven't done it yet and don't intend to. (104 votes)

36%

It was a piece of cake. Really easy. (62 votes)

21%

I haven't found a doc who will sign it yet. (25 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.) (14 votes)

5%

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President Trump called the U.S. ATC system "horrible." Does he have a point?

Don't be ridiculous. It's the best system in the world. (221 votes)

30%

While it is the best system, it could stand improvement. (406 votes)

55%

Yes, he's got a point. And privatization could fix it. (56 votes)

8%

Frankly, it makes my head hurt to even think about it. (54 votes)

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Will You Fight ATC Privatization?

Tooth and nail and with every tool at my disposal. (222 votes)

33%

I'm opposed but I'll let the associations fight on my behalf and support them. (265 votes)

39%

I'd like more information. (86 votes)

13%

There might be some advantages and we should explore them. (64 votes)

9%

I support privatization. (44 votes)

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What do you think of the privatized airport idea?

For the right airports, it could probably work. (79 votes)

16%

I'm skeptical of the idea. Airports are public infrastructure and should stay that way. (189 votes)

38%

I think it's a bad idea. (188 votes)

38%

I don't have enough data to offer an opinion. (35 votes)

7%

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.) (2 votes)

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Did you think the FAA drone registration requirement enhanced safety?

Not really. It was just safety/security theatre. (252 votes)

53%

Maybe a little, but it didn't go far enough. (55 votes)

12%

Yes. I thought it was the right mix of regulation and laissez-faire. (103 votes)

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Drones should be banned or heavily regulated, in my view. (56 votes)

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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.) (9 votes)

2%

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Should laptops be banned from airline cabins?

Yes. This should have been done years ago. (60 votes)

12%

Laptops yes, tablets no. (39 votes)

8%

No, this is just overkill. (356 votes)

70%

I never carry a laptop, so I really don't care. (39 votes)

8%

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.) (12 votes)

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As Congress investigates the United Airlines incident, do airline customers need more consumer protection?

Yes. The airlines really run roughshod over passengers. (278 votes)

44%

Yes, but I'm not sure Congress is the body to do it. (139 votes)

22%

No. The entire incident was overblown. (182 votes)

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I'm on the fence on this one. (30 votes)

5%

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)

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Do you think Uber will succeed with the flying taxi idea?

Yes. And I think it will come sooner than many believe. (65 votes)

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Maybe, but it will be a long time coming. (132 votes)

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20 years from time, we'll be seeing stories about why it didn't happen. (273 votes)

52%

I don't have enough information to hazard a guess. (46 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.) (11 votes)

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Next week, it will be time to fish or cut bait. Are you planning to use BasicMed rather than another Third Class Medical?

Definitely. It's just a lot easier. (129 votes)

24%

I still have no idea. There's not enough information out there yet. (112 votes)

21%

I'm on the fence. But probably I will. (78 votes)

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I'm on the fence. But probably I won't. (155 votes)

28%

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.) (70 votes)

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After a week of news coverage, what do you think about United Airlines' handling of a passenger who refused to be bumped?

Much ado about nothing, if you ask me. (18 votes)

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He should have deplaned. He had it coming. (100 votes)

11%

He should have deplaned, but the use of force was excessive. (292 votes)

34%

I'd like to have just 10 percent of the eventual legal settlement. (417 votes)

48%

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.) (44 votes)

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What do you think the big story was at Sun 'n Fun?

Mooney's rollout of the new Acclaim Ultra. (56 votes)

18%

Levil's totally cool BOM. (166 votes)

53%

TBM 910 announcement (14 votes)

4%

Military demo teams. (42 votes)

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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.) (38 votes)

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