hicountry & A1Skinner,
Great personal insight , thanks!
From what everyone is saying the 7GCBC is the probably the most versatile in the bunch.
The motorcycle analogy I used keeps coming up in the back of my mind though. I first started riding bikes on an inexpensive Honda CB250. Then, in time, moved up to a Suzuki DL650 (I know its ugly but it served its purpose). Now I ride a GSX650F, it too serves my purpose. What I didn't do is start with more than I thought I could handle. When I was drag racing and building engines I would volunteer time and help people getting their start in the sport. First thing I'd tell them is work within your budget and learn the basics before dumping tons of dough on roller motors, narrowed rear ends, roll cages and crap like that. I think its important to have fun without breaking the bank. How much fun can you have with what you got?
We are almost to a point where aircraft ownership can be feasable. The youngest son is in Navy boot camp and all the rest of the kids have left the house. Now all the wife and I have to do is pay off expences of raising them and sending 2 out of 4 to college 'plus' moving 1/2 way across country for the wife's new job.
I'm not complaining in the least, we've really been blessed. Smart kids, good health, jobs that we like.... Life is good!
The point I think I'm trying to make is, do I really need a 150HP short field capable airplane to start with 'or' would a 115HP medium capability plane be a better starting platform to learn from?
If I try to tie my rambling together into one cohesive statement I would say that, in time, I would like to have an affordable plane that the wife and I could just go goof off and have fun in.
Sorry for the rant, its been a long day on tha ramp.
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