I new here and a reasonably new pilot. About 130 hours. Own a DA40XL and flying about 4 hours per week.
Home base is Ocala, KOCF…wife, 2 teenagers and will be traveling to Cat Island Bahamas fairly often, 5-6 times per year, all around Florida and southeast. Several trips per year to Telluride, Colorado.
I would like the option of altitude and need something a little faster than my DA40 to make the above trips. I want to get there in a timely fashion, but like to be comfortable going.
I have been thinking a lot about the Columbia and Mooney for the speed to get me to Colorado but frankly probabaly won’t be making that trip very often so something a little slower but more comfortable might work well plus having 2 engines for the mountains and my over water flights to Cat Island…thus the recent thoughts of the DA42. (By the way the DA50 is farther out than I want to wait).