Light Sport Aircraft Market: Self-Inflicted Luxury
Capable cockpits — demanded by consumers — are keeping light sport costs high and altering the landscape of the LSA market.
The phenomena of customers asking for all the bells and whistles and then complaining about weight and price has been going on for decades. In fact, it’s an open secret that for many airplane manufacturers the options list is a bit of fiction, since nearly every customer gets every available option. The case of the new 60/40 flex seating, which turns the four-place Cirrus into a five-seater, is a case in point. Last year when the "option" was announced, every customer asked for it, which makes it a brilliant marketing move, an option that every buyer asks for.
Maybe one of the lessons of LSA is that the presumed ideal LSA, a light, basic, steam-gauges-if-any-gauges-at-all model is a unicorn. Everybody talks about it but nobody’s every actually seen one. Like a bare bones Cirrus or a brand new Husky with steam gauges.