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Will the government shutdown affect your short-term aviation plans?

At long as ATC isn't impacted, I think I'm good. (48 votes)

21%

I've got registration paperwork planned or pending, so yes. (9 votes)

4%

I don't see any meaningful effect on aviation if it ends this week. (42 votes)

19%

Why can't these imbeciles do their jobs? (123 votes)

55%

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 a hypersonic airliner is a realistic proposition?

Yes. It's inevitable. (119 votes)

25%

Yes, but not in my lifetime. (68 votes)

14%

It's technically feasible, but economically unrealistic. (257 votes)

53%

I doubt it. It will go the way of the Concorde. (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.) (4 votes)

1%

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Should GA invest more effort in encouraging women to fly?

Yes. It only makes sense to have more women in the cockpit. (228 votes)

37%

I don't see why. If women wish to fly, nothing is stopping them. (210 votes)

34%

Maybe, but perhaps women just aren't attracted to the activity. (71 votes)

11%

Frankly, I think the issue is getting more attention than it deserves. (98 votes)

16%

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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Will the just-passed tax cut have any impact on your flying in 2018?

Too soon to say. Check back later in the year. (141 votes)

31%

Definitely. I'm considering a new or used airplane. (35 votes)

8%

No new airplane for me, but I hope for more flying. (48 votes)

11%

I don't think it will have much effect on my flying. (224 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.) (8 votes)

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What's your view of a Chinese company buying Diamond Aircraft?

Is Cessna next? (126 votes)

21%

I think governments will need to intervene or we'll have no GA left. (188 votes)

31%

I don't have a problem with it. It's how business works. (125 votes)

21%

Maybe they'll revitalize the industry with fresh investment. (143 votes)

24%

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)

3%

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Should the Pentagon continue its multimillion-dollar UFO tracking and research program?

Well, why not? Could be something to it? (166 votes)

40%

Sounds like more wasted money to me. (114 votes)

28%

Depends on what rival powers are doing. (13 votes)

3%

This isn't a serious question, right? (111 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.) (6 votes)

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Have you ever been lased while flying?

No, and I hope I never am. (335 votes)

72%

Yes, and it was scary. (29 votes)

6%

Yes, but it wasn't a big deal. (64 votes)

14%

I've never been directly targeted, but I've seen them from the air. (28 votes)

6%

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Have you had hypoxia awareness training?

Yes and I refresh it periodically. (128 votes)

41%

No, I've never flown high enough to need it. (126 votes)

40%

It's on my list for this year. (14 votes)

4%

I actually think the need for it is overrated. (13 votes)

4%

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.) (32 votes)

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Will the Chinese be the first to develop single-pilot or autonomous airliners?

Could happen. Boeing better watch it. (74 votes)

15%

Maybe, but this sounds like just PR by Airbus. (65 votes)

13%

Don't be silly. The U.S. industry will lead in this area as well. (31 votes)

6%

Who cares? I will never, ever get on an airliner with no pilot. (302 votes)

63%

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Are you using your airplane to travel for Thanksgiving?

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

9%

Yes, if the weather is flyable. (61 votes)

18%

Have in past, but not this year. (83 votes)

25%

No, I avoid travel of all means during this week. (123 votes)

37%

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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)

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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)

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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%

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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%

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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)

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