Vol. IV No. 11, dated Sunday, June 3, 2007 is available. from Bob Miller, ATP, CFII, email@example.com at
"General aviation is a classic good news/bad news industry. Better, faster, sleeker airplanes, amazing avionics, affordable light sport aircraft, and the realization of very light jets (VLJs) gives us all reason for celebration.
From recreational pilots to the serious business pilots happily by-passing oppressive and invasive security lines and sardine-can seating on today’s airliners, general aviation is proving to be the best thing since color TV and Monday night football.
That’s the good news! Now for the bad . . .
Is it user fees? Is it the loss of reliable Flight Service Station (FSS) support? Is it escalating fuel prices? Perhaps . . . . but there is a far greater threat to general aviation than these commonly talked about factors.
For you and me, it is the distinct possibility that our next flight may be our last. It was, in fact, the last flight for the pilots and passengers of 28 flights that never made it to their destination this past month.
Sure, we do not like to think about the bad side of general aviation. This bad side is like that dirty little family secret we’d like to forget or sweep under the carpet.
But there is something we can do about it!
Curiously, however, there is something we can do about this dirty little secret. We can STOP making blundering mistakes in airplanes. We can take our recurrent training requirements seriously. We can become proficient pilots.
When we do these things, much of the bad side of general aviation will evaporate! A new day of excitement will emerge.
Our capability as pilots will finally match the capability of our aircraft. Our pilot numbers will increase. Our political strength will approach that of the gun lobby. User fees will be buried. We’ll have enough clout to permanently fix the FSS problem.
Yes . . . we do have a safety problem. It is a serious one. It touches every pilot who steps into his or her GA airplane. It could very well reach out and touch any of us as we depart on our next flight!
It doesn’t have to be this way, however. The solution is up to each of us!"