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    Eternal debates in aviation...

    One of the fun things about being in aviation is the endless, pointless "this versus that" debates that take up a lot of time without any resolution.

    My favorites:

    Champ versus Cub. "If I wanted to drive from the backseat I'd be my wife," was the best line I ever heard during one of these. And yes, I concur.

    Trikes versus Tailwheels. "Real pilots fly taildraggers" sounds really impressive until one understands it's being told to a DC-10 pilot that has a zillion zillion hours. I don't actually take sides in this too much, though I've only ever ground looped a tricycle geared aircraft (long story).

    Certified versus Uncertified engines. Hooboy, always a good'un, as it crosses the Production vs. Homebuilt divide. Both sides have great points and a fistfull of statistics behind them to support their views along with loads of stories. The subsets are the two stroke versus four and the auto-conversion versus decertified engine debates.

    Invariably the words "cheap," "dinosaur," "reckless," and "obsolete" are going to be used. Bonus points if the Wright Brothers, Curtiss, or Rutan are referenced.

    What others have I missed?
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    Low wing vs. high wing?

    Does Marvel Mystery Oil have any effect or not?

    Lean of peak, or not?

    Wheel land or 3-point?

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    Fun Topic!
    Here's a few more, Who needs Flaps?, learn to Slip! When to apply flaps, in segments or all on final? Piper vs Cessna? Training should include spins, or not? All this stuff reminds me of my days driving an 18 wheeler, the drivers argue endlessly on truck brands and colors "Pete vs Kenny" when over half are "Frieghtshakers". Here's a couple more on aviation that just came to mind; Glass panels vs Steam gauges and plastic is only for model airplanes!

    Joe

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    We all know that only kids ride tricycles....
    Cheers,
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    .......And Seaplane pilots have more skill and more fun than landlocked drivers-tricycle or taildragger. Really...just ask us. You try takeoffs and landings on a runway that's constantly moving!

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    High wing vs low wing
    Treadmills
    Slipping with flaps
    Extending your range with a multi by shutting down an engine
    Anything to do with headsets
    I'll come up with something profound

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    Great idea for a thread, Frank, and some great responses so far!

    Don't be surprised if we steal some of those for the weekly "Nose to Nose" poll in e-Hotline.

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    "Whose the greatest pilot you ever saw?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Floatsflyer View Post
    .......And Seaplane pilots have more skill and more fun than landlocked drivers-tricycle or taildragger. Really...just ask us. You try takeoffs and landings on a runway that's constantly moving!
    All the dangers of boating combined with the adventure of flying.

    Some might say that's just asking for trouble.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Darnell View Post
    "Whose the greatest pilot you ever saw?"
    <---------- You're looking at him!!


    I'll come up with something profound

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