For many years after they were issued, the airplane category rules made sense. Any airplane truly designed for "transport" use topped the 12,5000 cutoff, while general aviation airplanes remained far below that weight. Piper Cubs, Taylorcrafts, Aeronca Champs, Cessna 140s and other popular airplanes of the post-war boom weighed little more than 1,000 pounds max. Even the first Bonanza, with its unprecedented performance, weighed in at less than 2,700 pounds. The categories were clearly defined. Transport airplanes were for travel over long distances under most weather conditions, and light airplanes were intended for riding around on whatever limited mission their pilots wanted to attempt.