Bleriot was not only the originator of the monoplane design that is
basic to every business aircraft manufacturer today, but he also
originated streamlining of the fuselage; the engine placed forward,
with the single tractor propeller; the rudder, elevator, and
stabilizer placed on the aft part of the fuselage; and even a
partially swiveling landing gear with a capability for crosswinds.
"The factory-built airplane concept is going to depend
a lot on the market volume or potential. I think a lot of the light
sport airplanes you see now are being manufactured in small
quantities in small shops, and that's not conducive to keeping the
price down. I've felt all along that unless we can see a sufficient
volume to tool up and really have an efficient assembly line, it's
going to be sort of self-defeating to even try that."
Source: Dick VanGrunsven, founder of Van's