"[...] it's almost exactly upside down over here historically," says Johnson, citing the following numbers: * U.S.: 235,000 single-engine airplanes registered Total "sport" aircraft: 35,000 (30,000 homebuilts; 1,500 LSA; a few thousand ultralights) Ratio of sport aviation to SEL general aviation: 15% * EU: 250,000 single-engine airplanes Total "sport" aircraft: 200,000 Ratio of sport aviation to SEL general aviation: 80% Just a wee five years ago, thrifty-minded Americans saw LSA as the hot-ticket deliverance from ever-pricier private flying. Yes, the big bird carries more people, but a 500-mile trip is still a time difference of only a couple hours, and an LSA offers a significantly lower fuel burn. Peering deeper into the crystal ball, he posits a reverse hoodoo if Europe stays on its current track of accommodating America's ASTM rules: "Then, American producers like American Legend and Rans could sell overseas very competitively."
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