I am working on the "budget" and a 5 year plan of sorts... I am hoping to start learning to fly in the next year and I guess I have a dream of being able to take off when I want and go fishing along some gravel bar with NO CROWD! That said I know there are many unforseen expenses involved in airplane ownership even if the initial cost is less than my F150... I still havn't been up in a champ (read thread "Champ of strip") but from what I have heard it should fit my 6'5" 245lb frame . The initial cost seems down right reasonable for a champ. An auto gas STC may even make me be able to afford to put gas in it from time to time... What have you all experianced as far as the true cost to own one of those flying contraptions?