Manufacturers Make Airplane Ownership a Reality, Help People Avoid Airport Inconvenience

People who can afford small planes are able to avoid the lines, inconvenient schedules and increased security checks of flying on commercial airlines.


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.

It's certainly no big deal for Huntsman's children.

''They've flown so much that they think it's boring. Taking a road trip - that's an adventure,'' she said.

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