I would agree up to a point, but if you want to travel big distances at a reasonable speed, at night and in bad weather, you have to fly a G A plane.(and have the right licence)I am an enthusiastic fixed wing microlighter and dairy farmer.
I would seriously consider training on a fixed wing microlight rather than ‘GA’ aircraft eg.Cessna.
I started flying paramotors from the paddock behind the farmhouse and had a great few years flying low and slow.
However I really wanted to share the flying experience with others and so bought a 2nd hand XAir Hawk and paid a local instructor to teach me on my own aircraft.
We have a rough and ready 450m Farm strip with 3 others flying from here and I don’t really see why you would fly Spam Cans, the capital cost of a 50 year old Cessna may be similar to an excellent high performance microlight but the running costs of a microlight are microscopic in comparison.
I just paid £240 for a full service (which I could have done myself) including oil and filters, annual permit will be £120, insurance is lower than a tractor and it burns 12 litres of unleaded an hour (80miles)
It is a fantastic escape from milking cows and I am looking forward to exploring more farm strips and country pubs this season.
Be happy for you to come and fly with me anytime if you buy the bacon sandwiches !
I am in Somerset
If it’s more local and speed not critical, I agree , microlight is far cheaper.
Can you take a microlight overseas?