"Unfortunately, the Flyer albatross isn't going to go away. "
Thank goodness it is not! Without Gilbert, its philosophy, historical contribution to the hobby, and number of enthusiasts there would be next to nothing (NOTHING!) in S. Hardly an albatross, without Flyer and its high rail descendants to generate some market volume, S would be like TT. The O scale folks do not complain about Lionel, nostalgia, and 3-rail track. They just get on with it.