wondering.... how many of you aircraft owners have gone the route of owning the sports car plane and renting the family wagon aircraft? or did you buy the family hauler and rent the solo flyer? how has it worked out for you? As I'm going through the process of knocking 13 years of rust off my PPL, I keep again and again circling back to the thought I had 13 years ago that was a primary driver in me taking a break...and that was the decision to BUY something. I had been renting and over paying for poorly maintained aircraft. I couldn't keep things stowed and organized how I like them, had no idea what sort of prang just happened on it's last flight, they weren't available when I wanted etc... so I said to myself, "Self, this does not make sense to struggle to keep current in several different types until I can figure out a plan to buy". So that evening I hatched a plan and settled my sites on finding a cessna 170. At that point I figured that would fill my mission and wants fairly well. Not long after, I got hit with a lay-off at work, then .... life ... and 16 years later.... So now almost every daydream is trying to figure out my mission and what sort of "affordable" aircraft I might set my sights on... I have three kids+ DW, and 5 seat rental options are thin. The school I'm currently renting at does have an old cherokee 6 so that's an option at least for now. Classic question I suppose... 2 seats, 4 seats, 6 seats I even keep bouncing around the idea of a little 2 seat LSA gyro or something like that for frugal fun... and no, I can't afford a TBM!