Okay. Here we go. I am certain that everyone has their favorites…
I expect that I will be commuting for the next year or two. My problem is that commercial service requires a 90 minute commute on BOTH ends.
I have made the trip several times in a rented Cherokee (PA-28-235). A little long on the return, but not bad.
The two airports I fly out of are rural with well maintained 5000’ runways.
Currently, I am a 200 hr PP with an instrument rating and complex endorsement. For the last 140 hours, I have flown high horsepower. I am comfortable in complex a/c. I am also interested in a twin.
Don’t care about the wings (high, low, or in the middle), as long as they do their job.
As for family, I have a wife and two kids. Luggage is not a problem since we already ship it ahead.
People have suggested Mooneys, Comanches, Twin Comanches, Debonairs, and Centurions.
My instructor, who is retired, suggested a Twin Comanche. He likes the Comanche and thinks that my wife will be more at ease with two engines. (He flew right seat when I took my wife up and has talked with her several times since.) He is confident that I can handle a twin. Granted, it is more expensive, but over the next two years I expect to accumulate over 500 hours. After which, I can sell it to another pilot looking for a multi-engine ticket.
I spoke with a Twin Comanche owner who claimed that his a/c will climb and cruse faster with four adults than any of the others I mentioned. Although I will solo initially, I expect that full loads will occur more often in the future.
The follow-up is whether I should look at turbos. Although they are faster at altitude, I would still have to make a fuel stop and then return to altitude. Any comments on this point?