Aerospaceweb.org Polls

October 2005 Poll #2 October 2005 Poll #1
Should the Space Shuttle fly again?
Yes
75%
No
21%
Undecided
5%
Total votes: 106
Venezuela's president Hugo Chavez has made threats about invading the Dutch Antilles. Would the Netherlands have the motivation and ability to retake these islands?
Yes
40%
No
43%
Undecided
16%
Total votes: 92
Comment: Our readers obviously have faith in the ability of NASA to continue operating the Space Shuttle safely. Let us hope that the aging vehicle can continue to fly without further loss of life until it is retired around 2010. Comment: This one ended up with a rather evenly divided result. If Venezuela does follow up on its threats, it will be interesting to see how the Netherlands responds. Will the country follow the example of the United Kingdom after Argentina invaded the Falklands and pursue military action? Or will the Dutch dependence on Venezuelan oil be considered too important to risk a confrontation?

September 2005 Poll #2 September 2005 Poll #1
There have been five major airline crashes in the Americas, Europe, and Asia within the past month or so. Does this spate of accidents make you any less willing to fly?
Yes
16%
No
75%
Undecided
9%
Total votes: 104
Will the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and its effect on fuel prices have any impact on your upcoming travel plans?
Yes
39%
No
56%
Undecided
5%
Total votes: 99
Comment: Once again, our respondents have overwhelmingly shown their dedication to flying and very few have indicated they would be less likely to fly due to the recent accidents. Most of these accidents occurred in places where airline safety lags behind that of more developed nations, which likely plays a large factor in the effect on people's impressions. Comment: Even though the general media always focuses on how high gas prices change people's behaviors, our polls have traditionally shown that the effect is relatively small. It is interesting to note that a much larger percentage of respondents than normal do indicate that their plans may change because of the destructive hurricane season.

August 2005 Poll #2 August 2005 Poll #1
Should the US Army stop naming its helicopters after American Indian tribes?
Yes
23%
No
68%
Undecided
9%
Total votes: 128
Should the ban on using cell phones aboard commercial airliners during flight be lifted?
Yes
38%
No
55%
Undecided
7%
Total votes: 109
Comment: In this age of political correctness, it seems that there is an interest group that finds something offensive about everything. It is probably inevitable that protests will eventually be lodged against the US Army for its tradition of naming helicopters after American Indian tribes like the Apache, Iroquois, Kiowa, Comanche, and Black Hawk. Comment: Altough there is little evidence that cell phones interfere with any of the communication and navigation systems aboard commercial aircraft, cell phone coverage at high altitudes is usually intermittent at best. Even if this limitation is overcome thanks to better technology and improved cellular service, the idea of sitting next to someone aboard a cramped aircraft and overhearing their boring personal conversations for hours at a time is certainly not a very appealing idea.


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