I found the next generation of pilots. But depending on where you read this, you may or may not like it, and you may or may not understand it.
Of the 55,996 (as this was written) fans of our Facebook page, 55.6% are 34 years or younger. Include those 35-44 years and it jumps to 75.4%.
On Jan. 1, 2014, we had 26,715 page likes. Our fan count has more than doubled in 50 days.
I’ve heard from many current (read that: older) pilots that have no interest in Facebook or Twitter or anything online. “Why do I care what someone eats for breakfast?” they’ve remarked with snark.
I don’t believe it has anything to do with not being interested. It has everything to do with learning something new and — worse — admitting they don’t understand something.
The irony is completely lost on them. Nobody is born a pilot or a social media whiz. Both start out like everyone starts — with a first step.
So quit complaining about the next generation not being interested in learning to fly. You just aren’t looking in the right place.