thinking about going after my single engine but want to weigh the advantages of it over the newly available "sport pilot" class with a cost comparison. mostly interested in buzzing the bushes and doing my own maintenance, ie homebuilt like a sonerai IIs or similar. not interested whatsoever in a 150 or 172. wife hates flying anyway so its all about me. i have looked around here and it seems like 4500-5000 is the average range for ground school up to and including solo test for single eng private. in half as many hours i can be up and away with a sport pilot cert. and cleared for two seaters up to 1232 lbs total takeoff, 132 max mph attainable and fixed gear. its this dang corvair powered dune buggy i got that started it all. i'd just go get an ultralight and be done with it if i could find one that will lift my 281 pound butt off the tarmac with enough gusto to play.