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    I have to agree with lima lima on this one.. The bonanza is a great aircraft! (N406TA)
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    +3. The A36 is one of my favorite airplanes (as is the baron 58).

    It doesn't seem like the OP knows much about airplanes, and probably doesn't even have a PPL and you guys are telling him about King Airs and Fairchilds?? These are cool options only if he's going to have a pilot, otherwise forget it. Insurance alone wouldn't touch anyone on a king air without at least a thousand hours. I have heard of pilots with 500 hrs getting insured on PC12s with 500 hours under their belts.. but you can imagine what they pay a year.

    Also a KA is a complex airplane, you need to fly lots to justify it and to stay on top of the airplane; the moment you get behind it it will kill you.

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    The way I read the OP was that he was looking for a plane / pilot combo and that he / wife and such were passengers. However that was an assumption on my part.

    And, yes, Bonanza (aka, Dr. Killer / circa V-Tail) is also a great machine. Small, but very trustworthy. My Brother has a 35.

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    i just signed up for pilot school. i need something simple at first and then move my way up. like i said before, it seems like a used trinidad is a good first plane. even though it only seats 4 it seems like it would be a good compromise for now. i need something that is the equivelant of a mitsubishi evo in the airplane world. good performance and value and is easy to resell. I would like to get something nicer down the line, but to break into the hobby i should get something a bit more simple.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lawin View Post
    i just signed up for pilot school. i need something simple at first and then move my way up. like i said before, it seems like a used trinidad is a good first plane. even though it only seats 4 it seems like it would be a good compromise for now. i need something that is the equivelant of a mitsubishi evo in the airplane world. good performance and value and is easy to resell. I would like to get something nicer down the line, but to break into the hobby i should get something a bit more simple.
    Why not stick with renting from your local field to start?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdoog View Post
    Why not stick with renting from your local field to start?
    that is the plan, but i want to know about what types of planes i should pay attention to when renting to expose my self to those planes i may ultimately buy. obviously i am lost, so any advice is appreciated. a common trip would be from seattle to vail. any thoughts?
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    If you're planning on flying it yourself, disregard my prior posts.
    Single / Self Flyer, I'd go Cessna 177 Cardinal RG. Can be had in the 50 to 75 price point depending on condition and TSMO.
    A 182RG would also be a nice choice. However pricing can go slightly higher on them, but well worth the money and a lot of bang for the buck.
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    Default Welcome to the pilot ranks

    It is refreshing to know of a student pilot these days. Welcome! you mentioned that you have signed up for flying lessons, can I then assume that you are going to do the ground school and flight training with the same flight school?

    Having leased one of my planes to various flight schools I have seen a lot of students, instructors and planes pass through each school. At first do not be in a hurry to think about what plane is best for you to fly later; simply focus on mastering the basics of flying. INHO, the more basic and less powerful the airplane the better pilot you will be. Much like driving and auto racing.

    As for the Trinidad; well I offer this as insight; it is a metric plane and the majority of mechanics have US standard tools.

    Please keep use all updated about your progress. I'll help out as much as I can.

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    thanks very much everyone. i did some poking around on the cessna 177 and it seems like a very good plane. could i spend a bit more money and get something with a higher cruise speed with similar or longer range?

    I am taking flight lessons and ground school with the same school.

    the metric idea is something to definitely consider. that is a fantastic tip and exactly the kind of knowledge i am looking for.

    the plan is to do flight lessons and ground school then as soon as that is accomplished to go an earn my instrument rating.

    please excuse the newbiness
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    Consider the 182, or if you get your complex / high performance ticket, then look at a 210.

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