In 1948 most people still accepted reasonable risks in life, and a flying
club was possible. By 1970 small aircraft manufacturers had all but been
forced to close their doors as the cost of legal action and unreasonable
regulations made the sale of small aircraft prohibitively expensive.
By 2000 the US Congress had provided some relief for manufacturers, and
small planes are being sold again. But by year 2004 lawyers have convinced
most people that a zero risk world is realistic, and it probably is still
too expensive to get insurance to offer a flying class to high school
students in most localities.
There was a lot of interest in flying at Godwin in the 1940s, including Charles Saur.