May 2010 Issue

First Word: May 2010

I just got a call from a reader in New Jersey who sold his Baron—lucky guy—and wants to step down into an LSA to finish out his flying career. "When you get these things all tricked out with glass," he said, "they cost $170,000." That happens to be a significantly larger piece of change than he got for his Baron. Is this right? Or more to the point, do these kinds of prices make for a sustainable LSA industry with dozens of players? The short answer, I think, is no. Let me rephrase that: Prices like that won’t sustain the large number of LSA manufacturers now in the market, but my view is that nothing will.

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