Brian, I'm at a loss here. I have never seen that type of attitude towards small airplanes here in the southwest region
This seems to be the case with pattern to a large extent as well. Which is why I am struggling to get things moving in my area regarding Classic Pattern.
I have noticed certain regions of the states that excell in pattern do very well with IMAC as well. Here in the upper mid-west, as well as my experience in Colorado in the mid 90's thru 2002, has been a struggle. But I am working on that. (It doesn't help when you plan for a busy flying year and then other prioritys seem to stop you either! It has not been a great flying year for me.)
I hope Mini IMAC would be a draw for both IMAC flying as well as Classic Pattern.