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LSA Time and Cost Analysis

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For personal recreational flying, hourly rental is by far the least expensive way to fly because renting allows you to share the costs with others. On the other hand, aircraft ownership offers greater convenience and scheduling flexibility. A few well-proven kitplane designs offer superior performance per dollar without compromising safety.  Keep systems simple and carefully consider the primary intended mission, and flying can be affordable. Most pilots find that they fly for recreation and an occasional business trip. Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) are  well suited to the vast majority. The table below shows our comparison of optimized Light Sport kitplanes like Sonex and Waiex to other means of travel. Upcoming designs like Rans S-19 and Vans RV-12 also hold promise. We think LSA’s are worthy of your consideration for reasons that become apparent once you study the numbers.

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