There’s a kind of Deep State in Aviation, but it’s not what you think. There’s no established, underground organization of political operatives seeking to impose their will on the private flyer and aircraft owner. But there is a collective set of ideas, an orthodoxy that drives aviation down a pathway that works to limit innovation, consumer choice and, to some degree, basic aviation safety. I’m not naïve enough to think that just by identifying it we can change it. But at least it’s a start.
As with everything in culture, and even in science and technology, today’s heroes were yesteryear’s objects of mockery. People today forget that the pioneers of our digital world were often ridiculed as geeks and nerds, and their inventions were seen as fringe tech, stuff that no one would ever want or need. At some point, it might have been laughable to mock the idea of email or social networking. Now those things are so ingrained into our culture, for better and for worse, that’s it’s frankly hard to understand how we ever could have questioned their value, or at least their desirability.