>>>The one pilot I talked to said it makes tasks like changing a tire take longer.
That's a pretty general statement and thus difficult to comment on. Longer because of too much paperwork? Longer becuase of -any- paperwork at all?
The FAA folks I've dealt with in my 20+ years in the biz have been real human beings like myself, and not the bureaucratic and horned creatures that some folks believe them to be. There are horror stories that make the rounds, and not having any first-hand knowledge of the particulars of any of the situations, it's hard to have an opinion. That said, someone within the FAA also brought us the Bob Hoover affair, which was a major injustice..
Overall, I'd say they're OK
, with a few bad apples, just like the rest of humanity...
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