A new, top-of-the-line general aviation aircraft will cost about $2.2 million, while an entry-level aircraft is approximately $329,000, said Jacqueline Carlon of Piper Aircraft. However, the cost of the airplane is just the beginning; there is also training, licensing and fuel. Wichita Aero Club President Dave Franson said, "I think [manufacturers] recognize that in order to keep the pilot population up, you have to do a couple of things -- not the least of which is make it something that's not only the purview of the rich man."

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