That's it. Flying was 70 years old when I started. Now it's 113 years old (almost) and the magic has gone out of it. In 1973 not a lot of people had been on an airliner; today, almost everybody has and they associate flying with cramped seats and wasted time and turbulence and barf and rude fellow passengers. They take no interest in the view or the flaps going up and down and so on. Busy watching movies instead. Or hanging on with white knuckles.I don't think the problem is the price barrier, I think it's lack of cool-factor pull. Unless people want to fly for the fun of it, you won't find the fraction of those who can afford it.
I take your point there but wouldn't restrict it to just (natural) segregation, plenty of old grumpy flyers sit in clubhouses and ignore newcomers - regardless of the newcomers background.I I also get the sense that they might be worried that they won't exactly find a warm welcome at flight schools and flying clubs.
Actually, yes. There are two steps:Everyone who wants to be a millionaire can be one also, they just have to follow certain steps.
This is actually a very interesting take.Suppose for a moment that the "decline" that we're talking about isn't a regression from normal activity levels. Consider that it might be more along the lines of a correction, a return to economically sustainable levels.
Meh, disposable income is a fuzzy thing. Each of us chooses how much to spend on housing, clothing, transportation, etc. Refer to step #2 above if you wish to have money left over for flying.These days, disposable income in the US middle class, and in similar classes worldwide, is very low.
Multirotor people aren't much for flying. Mostly. If they're in the right groups, they get introduced to airplanes, and things can go well from tehre. But many, many, people are just throwing big computer controled fans across the sky, rather than controlling a flying machine.Just a passing thought, I would think the amount of multicopters/drones for kids getting out there now would be inspiring future pilots.
Been there, experienced that, from fellow rednecks.I take your point there but wouldn't restrict it to just (natural) segregation, plenty of old grumpy flyers sit in clubhouses and ignore newcomers - regardless of the newcomers background.
I once got so fed up with a similar situation 20 years ago that I went and started my own club and ran it for 8 years, now the biggest and most successful of it's type in Australia.Been there, experienced that, from fellow rednecks.
I have since retired and relocated to a residential airpark in Florida. The vast majority of the people here are friendly, sociable, and very interesting. It is a great community to be part of. To quote one, "When I found this place, I felt like I had died and gone to heaven." We have people from other, bigger and better known Florida airparks who have relocated to here.I once got so fed up with a similar situation 20 years ago that I went and started my own club and ran it for 8 years, now the biggest and most successful of it's type in Australia.
If your club isn't doing what it should, I suggest doing the same or alternately, quietly stack your club and wait for election time and take it over. I must warn people that it means actually getting off your azz.
I went down to my local water spot - a bit of a lagoon, a river and then the open sea. Nice place. All I could see were JetSki's. Dozens of them. At $15k each. And it struck me how social these things are (the whole family is there, plus friends.) Besides, no training required. Rudimentary water rules to follow. Safe. Just easy easy easy. Then pull it up on your trailer and go home.
If flying were that social, cheap, easy and downright accessible - flying would be really big.
Perhaps small planes on floats?
I had to start wearing glasses at 17 years old and it broke my heart because all I wanted to do was fly for a living since I remember breathing. ( At that time 20/20 uncorrected vision was required for military or airlines) Been an airport bum since I was 5 years old, so I quit going to any airport. Flew RC and got into drag racing, had my own car that ran at the national record in my class and drove for other car owners. Met a sail plane/powered/seaplane flight instructor when I was 29 years old and starting working in the ground crew of a large sailplane club on weekends and the payment was free flight instruction and I dived in aviation with all my might.The cool factor is still there, it appears that Aviation is out of reach of most people. knowing what i know now, in my late 20's to mid 30's i built engines and raced drag cars. had i applied that money to my true passion Aviation, i would be so much further ahead than i am now.
back then it was only the PPL available to me at at a cost of 7000 rough local costs, that seemed out of reach on my married single income life.
now in my mid 40's i made the decision to get my SPL it is more affordable, and luckily i have 2 sport training options close to me within 30 miles.
however i did put the airplane before the SPL, it started out as a UL build, but became SPL required to legally fly it.
its worth the effort now, to get what i wanted years ago, but hind sight is 20/20 and we learn from our mistakes.