RBearden56 wrote:Fo $50,000 you can do a lot better than the 162. The E-LSA are better equipped and more affordable. If you have good mechanical skills and willing to learn then LSRM and LSRI certs will save you a tone of money over the life of you aircraft present and future. I have seen a Lighting LS1 for $50,000 on Trade a Plane and it is beautiful. Better airframe, interior, and engine than any Cessna 162. Or look at Rotax powered aircraft, lighter than the continentals and dependable with a huge owner base and support.
I bought my Allegro 2000 E-LSA with very good avionics and low hours and the lower cost of ownership made this a bargain.
Good luck on you search and let us know what you get.
This is all a matter of opinion, much of which I don't agree with. For instance, how is an E-LSA better equipped than an S-LSA? It's only better equipped if someone chose to add more equipment. As far as I am concerned, most S-LSA are over-equipped for VFR daytime only flight.