I would like to ask a really fundamental question - honestly knowing that I’m going to get opinions that are all over the place. But I think it’s some good information. I am considering getting my private pilot (vfr and then ifr) certificates and eventually would like to own a plane. We live in Colorado and would like to be able to eventually fly in the mountains (we have a place in Leadville - 14,000 ft). Additionally, in the future when trained well I would like to be able to get back and forth to the Seattle/NW (1000nm) area (although maybe only 2-3 times a year) with family in a reasonable amount of time - and no i’m not looking for a jet. Family is me + wife + kids (ages 6 and 4 now). I would like to be able to take the family to places like NM, MT, ID, etc. (500-600 nm).
So here’s the question(s):
If you had to tell a newbie how many hours he should have in a specific type before considering this type of thing what would you say? e.g. go rent for 500 hours before buying a plane. I would rather eventually own a plane vs. a rental (and i understand the costs involved).
Also - (being very conservative and safe with my family) if you had a suggested plane type what would you recommend would be the experience before taking on this type of plane.
So: you suggest: Cessna P210 - you should have at least ‘x’ VFR, ‘y’ IFR and start with something like a 172 for at least ‘z’ hours.
or: I like the capabilities of the Beech A36N or B36T - and it seems to be a very capable aircraft to do what I need - however they are faster and require more experience… So what’s the level of experience that a person should have before walking up to one of these things and saying “I love spending lots of money$ - i need to own one…” understanding that a beech is very expensive vs. something like a piper saratoga, etc. No I’m not a physician.
I really appreciate any comments or thoughts you would share.