Position Report: If I Were KingWritten by Michael Leighton
The rising cost of flying, coupled with shrinking discretionary income, combined with a weak economy and an unfriendly political environment has taken its toll on the industry. I read in a major aviation publication that 80 percent of the FBOs that were in business in 1980 are gone.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) published that in 1978, GA produced something on the order of 17,035 piston powered airframes in this country. In 2012, total piston airframe production for the year was 881 units. That pretty much says it all.
So, if I were king, how would I fix General Aviation? Here are my thoughts.