Now ownership is either by a conglomerate or is offshore.

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.

Historically, aircraft manufacturers were the main cheerleaders for learning to fly. I have forgotten the numbers, but Cessna once did research that showed how many piston singles they sold for every 100 pilots who got a certificate, and how many of those went on to buy a twin, then a turboprop, then a jet.

General aviation used to be a domestic cottage industry, run by the people whose name was on the product.

Lacking that, flying can be downright hazardous to your health.

In other words, wimps are not good prospects for flying.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.Back in the good old days, when people found out you were a pilot they often said that they always wanted to do that. For over 50 years, pilots have turned to Richard L.I have been watching this for a long time, though, and most schemes to reduce cost have been false promises.The same goes for schemes to make it easier to learn to fly.EAA and AOPA have programs to promote aviation and we can only hope that these will gain some traction.