I would apologize for the thread creep but I think that ship has long sailed.
Just an observation, and feel free to disagree, but I have found over the years that
our business has a rather interesting side to it. That is, anyone that has experience on
a particular machine and knows it well invariably speaks well of it. They know it's limitations, and as Zasu has said, if they fly it and maintain it properly it will always
work as advertised with few exceptions. There are always those that, even though they are not familiar with an aircraft, no matter what type it is, often proclaim it to be "junk" or a "POS" blah blah blah blah.
On a number of occassions in the past I would usually say to such people when the discussions
came up that if they had never operated, flown, or maintained the machine then I guess their
opinion "would count for SFA then wouldn't it?" I may have mellowed a little with age so if
someone goes on a bit of a trash session now I just ask what they found didn't work for them
on that aircraft.
Do you think the Trucking or Boating industries are the same? Probably yes.