What a lot of people seem to forget is Aero Clubs of Yester year were and today are made up of Members who VOLUNTEERED there time at no cost and still do around the Country. The biggest cost saving for AERO CLUBS was the awesome amount of people that freely offered there time to help there respective clubs out and included all manner of things. If these weren't done by Members it would have cost commercially which most clubs just couldn't afford. So from the past to know Clubs are held up by the Members/Volunteers under them.
Also we all know CFI's B,C,D cats were working 3 jobs a day plus flying just to eat in some places so along comes funding suddenly they are all in demand Shock Horror the price goes up and they start to get paid like they should always been. I mean with NP with CFI and 2 x Bcats that's around $200.000 before ya fly a plane.
Also if clubs don't update to the new state of the Art aircraft there is no way they gonna compete in the long run as C-152's and Tomahawks are now to old school use to much gas and are heavy on Maitinance. I noted the introduction of a Tecnam to a club around November last year. the day it was on show before going into fleet it was over subscribed by 25 people and it flew 10 hours that day. It now has over 261 hours I rest my case. People are also flying it indifference to the Tommies on line at the Club in question. It's clear update your fleet to LSA or Microlight or both or you will go under.
In conclusion all I can say is Clubs will survive with one thing and one thing only ...........!!!!!!!!!!!
VOLUNTEERS, VOLUNTEERS, VOLUNTEERS.