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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. (97 votes)

35%

I'd be more inclined to bet on it than against it. (74 votes)

27%

I think they're over their skis on this one. I predict a disaster. (28 votes)

10%

Whether GE pulls it off or not, someone eventually will. (76 votes)

27%

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)

1%

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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)

1%

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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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As AirVenture heads to the closing weekend, what do you think was the big story?

All those cool affordable autopilots. (59 votes)

10%

Two B-29s in the square. Freakin' awesome! (133 votes)

22%

Low passes by a B-1 in afterburner! (59 votes)

10%

Dynon's new STCs for certified airplanes. (82 votes)

13%

I wasn't there, how do I know? (219 votes)

36%

That those two idiots in the golf cart didn't kill anyone. (Yet) (46 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.) (10 votes)

2%

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With a bunch of new inexpensive autopilots on the market, will you consider buying one?

For sure. This is what I've been waiting for. (109 votes)

27%

I wasn't on the market, but I'm rethinking. (72 votes)

18%

No, I wasn't on the market and I'm still not. (105 votes)

26%

Talk to me after I figure out this ADS-B thing. (105 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.) (15 votes)

4%

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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. (85 votes)

12%

I would say they should get some additional training. (148 votes)

21%

No. It was a bad mistake, but they corrected it in time. (130 votes)

18%

I'm reserving judgment until the investigation is completed. (343 votes)

49%

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)

1%

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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)

1%

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