The fact is that I’d like as much as the next guy, probably more than the next guy, for there to be brand-new $50,000 four-seaters plying the airways at 200 knots with glass panels and enough payload to carry four and bags. It sounds like an amazing airplane. Unfortunately, it’s an impossible dream, a lesson that even the most optimistic malcontents among us must have learned from our shared LSA experiment. I knew going in that any reasonably capable, commercially viable LSA was going to cost well north of $100,000, and they all do. And this, remember, is for an airplane that carries no more than two occupants, goes no faster than 120 knots and is by regulation a very light airplane — a Cessna 150 is too much airplane to qualify as an LSA. It just costs a lot of money to develop, certify and produce an airplane, any airplane. And if the manufacturer wants to make a profit on that endeavor, it’s going to have to mark up the product accordingly.