Airplane purchase for future upgrades

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  1. JC565

    JC565 Pre-Flight

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    Hey folks,

    I've decided, and he budget is about right, to buy an airplane to train and get to 250 in. I have found several cessnas and pipers with good time and prices on them.

    Before I buy one of these trainers, is there an air plane thats commonly used for engine upgrades? In other words, it's it possible to buy a piston single thats commonly upgraded to a turbocharged engine or Allison? What I'm hoping I can do is at major overhaul, go ahead and replace the engine and not the entire craft, since about that time, my load and budget will both be increased. I know this is common with a few Twins, but those are way to pricey for me.

    If the best fits for this are experimentals or lancairs, Id prefer to sell and buy another..

    Thanks for comments
     
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    Upgrading a piston engine to a turbine is very expensive. You'd be better going the EXP route.

    My recommendation for a certified airplane however, would be a C210.
     
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    I figured it would be.. Hence the question if there was a "common" route. Figured that would be the 'cheapest'

    I Like the 210s
     
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    To train and build first 250 hours? C150/152, or some older taildraggers.
     
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    i Should Add It Will Be used For Lots Of "half country" Trips With Family. .
     
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    Cessna 182 then.
     
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    I figured as much... I'll just plan on upgrading then. Thanks.
     
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    The average bear doesn't take that upon themselves. Not very common.
     
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    Just get a Comanche 400, then when it's overhaul time get the Turbo normalized STC for the big 720, get some o2 and let the bird soar.
     
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    They can upgrade a 210 to turbine,if you have the dollars,also you can upgrade a beech 36.
     
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    Since the recommendation seems to always be: "Don't ever upgrade, just sell the prop and buy a used turbine", you'd have to wonder how all these used Silver Eagles and JetProps came into existence in the first place...

    Same thing goes for glass panels on older models.