Nationally, only about one-third of all pilots own (or share ownership in) their own planes. A small ship for two or four passengers, new from the factory, costs about as much as a house: $100,000 to $200,000...
You look down a mile-long runway that disappears into the distance. You take your toes from the brakes, and push the throttle full forward. The airplane you wear like a compact car accelerates to 40 mph
and the nose comes up
and with three fingers of one hand, you pull back on the yoke with no more force than it takes to open a cupboard door. You are in the air. Before the seconds have stretched into a full minute, the outer marker of the runway passes about 1000 feet below you. You turn and look out over the lakes, bays and peninsulas of the Grand Traverse region. Nothing compares to this.