And then there's the cost. Huntsman spends around $8,000 a year just to insure the plane for herself and a co-pilot. That doesn't count the cost of gas, hangar rental and maintenance.
Still, manufacturers argue that the industry has turned a corner that could allow private aviation to expand sooner rather than later.
''It's really easier to use than a car - plus there's no other cars coming at you,'' said Bing Lantis, CEO of Lancair Certified.