Personal Flight and The Internet

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Everyone in 1950 was predicting ubiquitous flight. What happened to that dream? What will it take to gain it back?

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Personal Flight and The Internet

  1. 1. DO YOU WANT TO FLY?
  2. 2. WHY DON’T YOU FLY?
  3. 3. BUT THEY PROMISED.
  4. 4. WHAT HAPPENED TO EVERYONE FLYING TO WORK?
  5. 5. COMPLEX
  6. 6. EXPENSIVE
  7. 7. GRAVITY
  8. 8. 371,000 PRIVATE PILOTS IN 1951 219,000 PRIVATE PILOTS IN 2006 <ul><li>Pilot Stats </li></ul><ul><li>Pilot Stats by State </li></ul>
  9. 9. TRENDS <ul><li>FEWER AIRPORTS </li></ul><ul><li>MORE EXPENSE: FUEL, INSURANCE, MAINTENANCE, AIRPLANES, EQUIPMENT, FEES… </li></ul><ul><li>FEWER PRIVATE PILOTS </li></ul><ul><li>IMPROVING SAFETY </li></ul><ul><li>SIGNIFICANT INDUSTRY GROWTH (IN $$$) </li></ul>
  10. 10. WHAT THE FAA AND NASA ARE DOING <ul><li>SPORT PILOT AND RECREATIONAL PILOT RATINGS </li></ul><ul><li>ADS-B </li></ul><ul><li>NASA’S GEN'L AVIATION TECHNOLOGY CHALLENGE </li></ul><ul><li>COMPARATIVE AIRCRAFT FLIGHT EFFICIENCY FOUNDATION </li></ul>
  11. 11. THE FUTURE OF GENERAL AVIATION <ul><li>SHORT TERM: FLAT GROWTH IN PILOT NUMBERS; HUGE GROWTH IN $$$ </li></ul><ul><li>LONG TERM: TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE </li></ul><ul><li>LOOOOOONG TERM: GREATER ACCESS TO PERSONAL FLIGHT </li></ul>
  12. 12. THE ROLE OF ONLINE TOOLS <ul><li>DISSEMINATING AND SHARING INFORMATION AND IDEAS TO LOWER COSTS </li></ul><ul><li>OVERCOMING MARKET FAILURES </li></ul><ul><li>FACILITATING TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE THAT BENEFITS PRIVATE PILOTS </li></ul><ul><li>MOVING PERCEPTIONS OF PERSONAL AVIATION BEYOND JUST BEING A HOBBY FOR THE RICH </li></ul>
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