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Are you using your airplane to travel for Thanksgiving?

Sure am. It's the highlight of the year. (30 votes)

10%

Yes, if the weather is flyable. (55 votes)

18%

Have in past, but not this year. (76 votes)

24%

No, I avoid travel of all means during this week. (117 votes)

38%

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.) (33 votes)

11%

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Does the NASA contract with Uber to develop routes for on-demand air taxi convince you that this is really going to happen?

Yes. It's coming. The doubters just can't accept it. (50 votes)

11%

No. NASA gets involved a lot of things that go nowhere. (240 votes)

51%

Maybe. But NASA involvement isn't a stamp of approval for me. (129 votes)

27%

On the fence. Call me an open-minded skeptic. (51 votes)

11%

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.) (4 votes)

1%

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Can Icon prosper by raising its fully loaded priced on the A5 to $389,000?

If that's what it takes to remain profitable, yes. (22 votes)

3%

Probably, but many buyers may opt for fewer options. (46 votes)

6%

Are you kidding me? There's no way this can work. (439 votes)

60%

I have no idea, but it will be interesting to watch. (206 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.) (16 votes)

2%

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Are you considering buying a used airplane or replacing the one you have?

Yes. I'm ready for another airplane. (74 votes)

21%

Actually, I bought an airplane recently. (66 votes)

19%

No. The economy may be solid, but I'm not in a buying mood. (126 votes)

36%

On the fence for now. We'll see. (59 votes)

17%

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.) (24 votes)

7%

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Is Icon's low-flying training for buyers of A5 LSAs a good idea?

Yes. People are going to do it anyway. Training can reduce the risk. (208 votes)

65%

No, I think it will just encourage high-risk flying and accidents. (61 votes)

19%

Military pilots get extensive training. I'm not sure civilian pilots can pull it off. (9 votes)

3%

I worry that if Icon has high-profile low-flying accidents, it will tarnish LSA in general. (34 votes)

11%

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)

2%

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How confident are you that GE will pull off the laser-printed turboprop engine?

Very. This is GE for cryin' out loud. (128 votes)

34%

I'd be more inclined to bet on it than against it. (105 votes)

28%

I think they're over their skis on this one. I predict a disaster. (38 votes)

10%

Whether GE pulls it off or not, someone eventually will. (99 votes)

26%

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)

2%

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Do you think Loon's balloons will actually work to restore communication in Puerto Rico?

Sure. But this is a do or die test. (69 votes)

23%

Maybe some limited success, but I'm not expecting much. (117 votes)

39%

I doubt it. The idea strikes me as looney. (26 votes)

9%

I'm keeping an open mind. (86 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.) (5 votes)

2%

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Will you go with ADS-B datalink weather or subscription-based SiriusXM? Or both?

I don't have either one and don't plan to change that. (75 votes)

18%

Why pay for SiriusXM? I'll stick with ADS-B. It's free. (242 votes)

59%

I've been using SiriusXM, but will drop it when I get ADS-B. (24 votes)

6%

SiriusXM is just a far better product. I'm sticking with it. (55 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.) (17 votes)

4%

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Would you use your airplane for disaster relief flying?

Yes, without question. (91 votes)

21%

Yes, but I'd be a little careful about it. I wouldn't want to cause more trouble than help. (244 votes)

56%

No, I probably would not. (49 votes)

11%

I think I'd rather help in some other way. (50 votes)

11%

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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Should the FAA drop the 1500-hour rule to spur pilot hiring?

No, it was and remains a benefit to safety in air transport. (185 votes)

25%

Yes, it was always just regulation for the sake of regulation. (324 votes)

44%

Yes, but in lieu of it, ATC candidates or new hires should have additional dedicated training. (176 votes)

24%

I don't know for sure, but I think the pilot shortage is fake news. (48 votes)

6%

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.) (10 votes)

1%

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What do you think is a fair ramp or handling fee for a single-engine airplane?

Zero. These should never be charged. Fuel sales should pay for facilities. (250 votes)

38%

$5 (61 votes)

9%

$10 (74 votes)

11%

No more than $25, ideally. (96 votes)

15%

I can't answer in the absolute. It depends on where the airport is. (169 votes)

26%

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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Canadian pilots like privatized ATC and wouldn't go back to government oversight. Do you think opposition in the U.S. is misplaced?

No! Canada isn't the U.S. We have a bigger system. (337 votes)

61%

Yes. I think it would work well in the U.S. and we should stop whining about it. (65 votes)

12%

I'm on the fence here. How can we possibly anticipate if the U.S. would mess it up or make it work? (99 votes)

18%

I'm trying not to think about it. (28 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.) (20 votes)

4%

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If you've had an insurance claim, did the company drop you or raise your premiums?

I've never had a claim. (229 votes)

73%

I had a small claim and there was no change. (27 votes)

9%

I had a large claim and the company raised my premiums. (11 votes)

3%

I had a claim and the company declined to renew. (9 votes)

3%

I had a large claim and there was no change in premium. (33 votes)

10%

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)

2%

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Which do you think was the Golden Age of Aviation?

1920s (21 votes)

5%

1930s (123 votes)

27%

1940s (72 votes)

16%

1950s (153 votes)

34%

We're in the Golden Age now. (60 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.) (25 votes)

6%

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Are you interested in Dynon's Skyview retrofit EFIS package for an older aircraft if it costs about $25,000 installed?

Yes, I definitely am. (76 votes)

18%

I'm not sure at this point, but it's gotten my attention. (75 votes)

17%

No. It's not worth the investment in an older airplane. (181 votes)

42%

I think I'll wait and see what else is coming. (82 votes)

19%

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.) (18 votes)

4%

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