Fuel Costs Force Pilots to the Ground
Knock me over with a feather: A decent piece on GA from the Washington Post:
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In a Hobby That Isn't Cheap Anyway, Aviators Feel the Pinch
By Christy Goodman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, June 25, 2007; B01
The rising cost of fuel has found a new victim: the recreational aviator.
Pilots are cutting back on flying time. Flight instructors have fewer students. More and more Cessnas, Pipers and other single-engine and propeller-driven planes are staying grounded. General aviation is taking a nosedive, according to flying enthusiasts.
Terry McKinney, 59, of Springfield flew his blue- and gray-striped Mooney M20C from Manassas Regional Airport to Morgantown, W.Va., to visit family about seven times last year. An upcoming trip will be only his second this year. He cites the price of fuel, now $4.69 per gallon at Manassas, as the reason he's made fewer flights.