August 2008 Issue

First Word: 08/08

Sometimes it seems like success in this industry is about finding the niche market within the niche market. Or perhaps itís about creating niche markets where they didnít even exist. Hereís one Iím coming to believe exists, but I donít see anyone aggressively hunting: The LSA for serious transportation. The idea practically runs afoul of the whole point of light sport, which is primarily recreational flying, but this idea makes sense down in the trenches. Iím seeing it with my local flight club that owns a 30-year-old Cessna 172 thatís in need of some significant refurbishment. Putting a pencil to the numbers, we realized we could dump a bunch of bucks in the Cessna, buy a late-model steam-gauge Cessna to replace it, or buy a new LSA. We looked hard at what the plane was used for and found it rarely had more than two people aboard and was used for training, local breakfast flights, and short-haul visits for family or business.

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