I have to agree with you. The airport fence is just another barrier to getting the public engaged in aviation and unfortunately we will forever be limited by that. The general public knows very little about about GA and has little interest given the other activities that are readily accessible and less costly to be engaged in. Many of our youth today want the quick, easy path when it comes to achieving goals and many are just happy to stare fondly into their cellphones and acquire whatever entertainment that lives in those devices. And its not just the youth of today as I daily witness adults that have more interest in the world behind the screen than doing something that requires effort and skill. Is our sport dying? Maybe it is, but its not dead yet and we need to contribute to it as long as we can. It has definitely changed and given the economic forces and societal norms, there was no way it could be the way it has been. Its not all bad news, its just different and we have to figure out ways to live and enjoy what we still have and seek out ways to positively inspire others to be a part of it. Ok, back to work!Do you think that being locked out ot where the aiplaness are has anything to do with lack of interest?
I Pedaled my bike to the nearest airport and spent hours admiring the equipment and longing for the day I could fly.
Now that I am 80 the locked gate brings me to a halt.