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Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) membership prefers Experimental aircraft to factory-builts.
I was surprised to read today that, according to an AOPA membership "Readback" poll released today by the pilot association, more than one half of respondents preferred "Experimental aircraft; that's where you find innovation and ingenuity" over "FAA-certified aircraft; there's a reason I wouldn't fly an aircraft that I built."
While AOPA mentions that "The results from the poll questions in Aviation eBrief do not necessarily represent the views of pilots, aircraft owners or AOPA members and therefore should not be used for research purposes" I still find it pleasantly surprising that Expimentals are preferred to FAA-certified planes by the AOPA poll respondents (albeit by a very tight margin).
As a long time member of both AOPA and EAA, I have (previously) found that AOPA members tend to prefer their expensive factory-built planes over Experimentals (while EAA members prefer Experimentals, as would be fully expected.) It's interesting to note that as kit airplanes (Experimentals) have become increasingly popular, so has their reputation among the general aviation (AOPA) community, a testament to both the caliber of the builders and pilots of Experimental aircraft, and the quality of the aircraft designs and kits being produced today.
(As an aside, it's also interesting to note that the current head of EAA is the past president of Cessna, the longtime leader of factory-built planes, while the new head of AOPA, Mark Baker, is a longtime EAA member.)