You got that right. I live on a private airport, and there are 2/3 planes based here than 10 years ago. Fuel is $6.00/gal. Cost to get a commercial License, $20,000 - $30,000, then you have to build time flying business at minimum wage for 10 years to quailify for the Airlines.
But hey, It won’t be long before the gamers’ are flyin our airline’rs from ground stations like the drones.
I was getting some new charts the other day and Rentals for a 172 start at $140 per, instructor another 30-40. It is cheaper to buy your own plane and learn in it. I never would of got my instrument rating If I had to rent. Buying my 1979 172 180 Penn yan Superhawk 10 years ago was by far the smartest move in this regard. But hey since there will be no pilots we won’t have to worry about the lack of Controllers, who are leaving just as fast due to mandatory retirement age.