One thing the government is good for is crunching numbers and creating reports and related documents. As I'm waiting for my flight training funding to free up, I've been studying various FAA statistics that are freely available to the public. Here are some FuN fAcTs (all numbers are from 2006):
Number of private pilots: 219,233 Number of women private pilots: 14,111 Number of rated airline pilots over the age of 80: 1,562 Number of student certificates issued per year: 61,448
The interesting part is that you, dear reader, have no use for these numbers, and I've just wasted your time. Sorry!