Sat, Dec 31, 2005
Aero-News: Quote of the Day
ANN's Quote of the Day usually derives
from current news, though we reserve the right to pick quotes out
of history that have a bearing on the day's events and
Sometimes, you'll find them timely and in keeping with the
content of the day's news... and sometimes, they'll just be
Reader suggestions and comments are welcome... and if
particularly intriguing, timely, or poignant, may themselves
become future Quotes of the Day.
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Aero-News Quote of the Day
"To start with, these things are EX-pensive. What
happened to the idea of "affordable flying?" I've looked at the
planes Dad digs, from the Sting to the Mermaid to the Flight
Designs CT (above). The price of entry is EIGHTY THOUSAND DOLLARS.
That's affordable compared to what -- a Cirrus? For eighty grand
you can buy two Cessna 172s or about 1 2/3 Piper Warriors used...
of course, you can't fly them with the Sport license, but we're
talking a larger plane with a proven safety record. I mean, if
these things are built like a set of wax wings they ought to be
priced that way, too."
Source: The legendary Icarus, of Greek
mythology (seriously), as channelled by ANN's own Kevin "Hognose"
O'Brien, on the ages-old dichotomy of the Light Sport Aircraft
choices available so far: they're lightweight, economical, and
supposedly assembled with far fewer components than heavier
aircraft -- so why are the things still so blasted expensive?
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