- Mon Jun 20, 2016 2:14 pm
I don't know. I'm kind of staying back on this although I have started typing a response several times. Aviation, in general, has become restricted and uninviting to new pilots. There are a multitude of reasons why HG doesn't grow - and everybody has their opinions. I agree that the 'virtual reality' world has provided an alternative for thrill seekers, site encroachment, insurance and legal issues, cost factors, profitability for schools, etc. all play a factor - but I see PG on the rise and a big threat to HG numbers which continue to dwindle. PG's tend to be in the public eye more as they are flying more sites closer to populated areas than HG's. As PG's get into more and more trouble (particularly the powered ones) and people don't see them as different from HG's, it will continue to hurt membership. I don't see HG as any safer than PG statistically, but they sure seem to get into more trouble. It's just sad that we can't convert more of the PG group over to HG instead of the other way around.
Anyway, lots going on here. I'm just glad to still have good equipment, good friends and plenty of places to fly and will continue to do so, no matter how few we become.
There are 2 types of gliders - those that have been whacked.... and those that haven't been flown yet.