Found a good Article on the shortage of pilots, it’s a good read and the link is at the bottom of the post.
My thoughts, sad to see this happen but its no wonder when you see trends like:
The rampant fear mongering & demonizing hobby drones that IS by a LONG shot the easiest entry into aviation for the youth of today. Burt Rutan, Robert Goddard, Wernher von Braun and even the Wright Brothers got their start with un-manned flying machines. Aviation is a tough industry to be in and the passion for it is best generated before College.
The exponential cost increases in general aviation aircraft and training have not helped. Along with the closing of airports or people who move into houses next to airports then complain about the noise.
Pre 9/11 commercial air travel was actually a nice experience compared to what it is today. And this in turn drives much of the general public’s perception of aviation.
Fortunately one of the few organizations able to help with youth aviation is the Experimental Aircraft Association EAA’s young eagles program. But more is needed from more areas of aviation. If the majority of the industry is a discouragement to inspiring people to join the industry then it’s no surprise of where we have ended up.
A: Meigs Field
B: imposing & intimidating fence around airports
C: “one of those kids with one of those drones”
D: The lovely experience of going through a commercial airport
E: 4 decade old certified ready to go aircraft that cost more than new, loaded luxury car.