Aerospaceweb.org Polls

January 2005 Poll #2 January 2005 Poll #1
Aerospaceweb.org earned more money through commissions than was spent on site support costs in 2004. How should we donate the excess profit?
Tsunami Aid
31%
Cancer Research
28%
College Scholarship
14%
Support a Museum
27%
Total votes: 112
Do you agree with Pentagon plans to cut funding for the
F-22 Raptor?
Yes
20%
No
75%
Undecided
5%
Total votes: 126
Comment: Based on these results and the collective decisions of our staff members, we have decided to split our donations between the Red Cross, to support tsunami relief, and the American Cancer Society. Furthermore, we'd like to offer our sincerest gratitude to our visitors who've made 2004 the most successful year in the history of this site. Thank you for your support, and we hope to continue living up to your expectations in 2005. Comment: I wouldn't worry too much about the future of the Raptor. The aircraft's capabilities are so advanced that it is almost sure to impress decision makers once it enters service. Virtually every combat aircraft before the F-22 faced similar threats, but nearly all ended up being bought in even larger numbers than originally requested once they had proven their mettle.

December 2004 Poll #2 December 2004 Poll #1
Santa has made his list and checked it twice. Which Aerospaceweb.org staff member is most deserving of a special holiday treat?
Greg Alexander
5%
Aaron Brown
2%
Doug Jackson
26%
Jayme O'Sullivan
4%
Jeff Scott
37%
Molly Swanson
18%
Joe Yoon
8%
Total votes: 84
Do you think Airbus should develop the A350 as a competitor to Boeing's 7E7?
Yes
52%
No
40%
Undecided
8%
Total votes: 101
Comment: Our holiday season levity is complete, and Jeff and Doug express thanks to their legions of fans. Greg and Aaron, on the other hand, vow revenge! Comment: Shortly after this poll was concluded, Airbus announced it would proceed with development of its new A350, a design derived from the A330. The decision would seem to confirm that Boeing was correct in its conclusion that a new aircraft in this market is needed, a niche currently occupied by the aging 767 and A300. However, one must wonder if Airbus may be overstretching its resources given the vast amount of development monies already committed to the A380, extended range models of the A330 and A340, and new members of the A320 family.

November 2004 Poll #2 November 2004 Poll #1
Are the chances for a peaceful settlement between Israel and the Palestinians better or worse now that Yasser Arafat has passed away?
Better
54%
Worse
25%
Undecided
21%
Total votes: 111
Would you be willing to travel aboard an airliner that flew under automatic control and had no human pilot?
Yes
26%
No
62%
Undecided
11%
Total votes: 117
Comment: Arafat proved to be incapable of overcoming his terrorist tendencies and agreeing to any sort of lasting peace with Israel. The chances for success in that endeavor cannot help but improve now that he is gone. Comment: Technology that allows aircraft to fly autonomously, under the control computer of onboard computers with no human interaction, is progressing rapidly. However, it seems unlikely that aviation authorities would allow such a system to be used on a commercial airliner any time soon, at least not without a human pilot aboard who could take over in case of a failure in the autopilot. Nevertheless, it is conceivable that this technology could eventually become reliable enough to be accepted as routine throughout aviation.


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