I’m really close to going for a lifelong dream. I’ve wanted to be a pilot since I first flew at age 10, I’ve been a passenger at various times and done a little bit of flying. I’ve always studied planes and planned what I would buy if the time was now. Well the time is here.
I’m trying to get my wife to be excited and comfortable about the whole idea. We demoed a Columbia 400 (my current #1 choice) 2 weeks ago and she went from being scared to death to OK with it. I flew the plane most of the demo and all I can say is wow compared to the 172’s and 182’s I’m used to. In a couple weeks, a friend of mine will take us in his Cessna 210 from NJ to Ann Arbor to see if she likes really traveling this way. If I get the thumbs up after that trip, I’m going into it full time to get my tickets.
I plan on typical missions of 200 to 500 nm, lots of trips to Michigan games during the season. 2-4 passengers. I want to train full time right thru IFR and take a CFI with me on plenty of planned IFR trips until I feel comfortable and proficient. My goal is to be in that position in a year. I can and will devote as much time to this as I have to. Am I being overly ambitious?
I plan to buy a plane after I get my Private Pilot, High Perf, Complex and Twin (if I go that route), then use it to accumulate hours and get my IFR. I like the Columbia 350 and 400 and the Diamond DA-42. Right now I’m leaning towards the 350, but I plan to do a lot more research between now and next spring. An integrated G1000 is a must in any case. Any thoughts on these planes?
I’m checking out all the local flight schools now, looking at the planes and meeting the instructors. I’m going to narrow it down to 2 or 3 and then do an hour or two with each before I decide. Any tips on picking the right one?
There are several local airports. Any tips on choosing a home field? My first choices are N51, N40 and SMQ.
Again, any and all advice greatly appreciated.