Hi all, I'm an airline pilot with a GA background, considering an airplane purchase for family trips. Wife is somewhat nervous when flying on "little airplanes," wants either 2 engines or a parachute. (I'm quite familiar with the engine-out characteristics of light twins, having been an instructor with over a thousand hours of multi-engine instruction given. So, no need to rehash this topic here.) From what I’ve read, the normally aspirated Twinks cruise around 170 KTAS (depending on what speed mods it might have) burning around 16 - 17gph. That's pretty similar to the normally aspirated SR22, which might do a bit faster and burn a bit less LOP. The Twink should have a slight edge in useful load and range, but either will suffice for our needs. Though I have ample flying experience, I've never owned an airplane. (We've been renting an SR22.) From what I’ve been reading in some forums, Twink owners say that, as long as it’s been well-maintained, the ongoing maintenance costs aren’t much different from a complex single. Yes, it has two engines, but overhaul cost on that engine (IO-320) is less than half of that of the Cirrus’ IO-550, and the 320’s are known for going well past TBO. Also, on the Cirrus, you have to repack the chute every 10 years at a cost of $15k. Some downsides about the Twin Comanche are, like most Pipers and Beeches, it only has one door and its cabin is actually narrower than the SR22’s. And despite what their owners say, I’ve gotta think a 45-year old airplane with 2 engines and retractable gear will eventually cost you more in maintenance than a 12 to 15-year old SR22. But maybe not? While there are tons of cheap Twinks out there, it seems like one can buy a very well-equipped, late model / relatively low-time one for $120k. Meanwhile, even the oldest SR22s are pushing $200k. (Let's assume similar-time engines.) So, the $80 savings would pay for a lot of fuel/maintenance. But you may just be back to the “pay now or pay later” dilemma. I know these types of comparisons are difficult at best, but I'd be interested in hearing opinions. Thanks!