Well I obviously don't know about the economics of the kitplane field, but I do see lots of companies do a good job of keeping their prices at a lower price point pretty well. The prices for aluminum fluctuate wildly and that seems to be the main metal used in most kit production. Zenith, as an example, uses it almost exclusively in their kits. Yet they manage to keep their kit prices fair, you never get the feeling you;re overpaying for what they offer. I take companies to task, not just in aviation but everywhere, when I think that they are overpricing their products. The Adventura is one. Searay is another. I can't see how they justify their asking prices when the materiel's used just don't cost that much. I saw the factory tour, there really isn't much to them. Yes they are still in business, but that's more because folks want that plane and will pay the premium to get it. I'm not one of those types. I don't like overpaying for anything and will continue to take a company to task if I feel their prices are wrong.Lots of people here think that various planes and kits are priced to have exorbitant profit margins. Those people usually don’t have any industrial business experience, expect others to do things that they haven’t or can’t do, or expect to get something for nothing.
What do you think that you could build Adventura kitplanes for? Then how many would you need to sell per year, and at what price, just to break even? Is there a market for that many, on an ongoing basis? Is the market enough to keep you in business? How would you price technical support? How many man-hours per year would that take? How much profit would you need to justify getting into the business? And a thousand other questions.
A recurring theme here is that aviation is expensive, and somebody should do something about it. Well, it is, by some standards, but accusing a company that has, for over a decade, produced a kitplane for a particular market, as being out for the quick buck, demonstrates a lack of understanding about the business.