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Be happy you have a reasonably new light sport aircraft. Over the last few years I have noticed a significant decline in general aviation in the US. The GA fleet is very old, high time, and poorly maintained and I see it every day. New aircraft are mostly upgraded dinosaurs of the past at incredibly overpriced cost. I'm talking about small Cessna's, Pipers, Beechcraft, etc. I have a used aircraft dealer on my field and I have never seen so many poorly maintained aircraft. Many have significant corrosion issues and some have had structural failures due to metal fatigue. Avionics and instrumentation are mostly 1970's and in the same condition, try finding a GOOD avionics shop. Finding replacement parts is difficult at best, today I looked at a Bonanza which needed a flap motor and only one company had one exchange unit which didn't work. Try getting new Continental cylinders, tires, King Air fuel tanks etc. There are no replacement magnesium skins for Bonanza ruddervators in the world, if they are bad you are grounded, there is a $200,000 reward for anyone who can solve this issue. At least with light sport aircraft, they are built with simple mechanisms and are fairly new. In a worst case scenario you can go experimental and make your parts. You can't do that on certified aircraft, some think you can but it's not possible except for exhibition/airshow or temporary R&D only. Most of us can use automotive fuel, 100LL at my field is almost $10 per gal, $8 self service.