Plans Afoot To Stem Decades-long Decline In Private Pilot Ranks

Credit: AOPA
The statistics describe a slow-motion demise . Is this RIP for the Private Pilot? The grim tally shows: The total of active FAA-issued Private Pilot certificates: 1980—357,479; 2016—162,313, a decline of 55%. Average age of Private Pilots: 1993—42.7 years; 2016—48.4 years; more than half the...
William Garvey

Bill was Editor-in-Chief of Business & Commercial Aviation from 2000 to 2020. During his stewardship, the monthly magazine received scores of awards for editorial excellence.

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