Since the dawn of aviation, we have tried to balance cost, convenience and availability against risk, and I think we have done a pretty good job. For the paying passenger, the pilot-training requirements and airplane standards are very high and the record good. For the person flying for his own reasons, the rules are more relaxed, and the cockpit is open to as large a segment of the population as possible. As long as the accident rate remains acceptable to the people who buy and fly light airplanes, and also remains acceptable to the public, everything works fine. Any pilot can assume the most conservative possible position and elevate his own safety potential without imposing his standards on other pilots.