The numbers don’t show it but I have always thought that every measure of general aviation activity started to decline after 1979.We have to acknowledge, too, that general aviation flying in piston airplanes is reaching a historic low level at this time. There used to be a lot of flight activity as people traveled on holidays.A piston single or twin will enable day trips over a wide area.
The airplane builders need to address a shortage of utility in the current crop of airplanes.
The payload/range number on many airplanes is pretty pathetic.
Let’s be honest and tell the public that this isn’t for everyone, it is for above average people who want to stand out by doing something special. Collins for his unique perspective on the challenges and rewards of flying light aircraft.
Back in the good old days, when people found out you were a pilot they often said that they always wanted to do that. He started his career working with his father, Leighton Collins, at the original Air Facts magazine.
For lack of a better word, we need to appeal to the sense of adventure that some people still have.
Put the “right stuff,” or the romance, back into flying.I lived in Little Rock at the time and routinely made day trips to Wichita, Oklahoma City, Fort Worth and even San Antonio which was at the outer limits on distance when flying at 120 knots.It might have been a short paddle but it worked for me for two years and was quite economical.I just looked at Flight Aware and there are a grand total of 159 piston airplanes flying on IFR flight plans in the whole country. VFR flights would make the number a lot bigger but nobody counts those.The low and declining level of activity means that if we don’t arrest the decrease, at some point there won’t be anything left.Of all the involved entities they are probably the most directly affected by the decreasing pilot population.