Hey guys and gals. I wanted to get your take on something that I think is probably a “no-go,” realistically, but I figured it doesn’t hurt to ask for outside opinions. Hopefully in the next month or so I’ll finish my instrument rating. I’m not going airline. This is just a hobby for me, although one day I’d like to get commercial and CFI just to do some side gig stuff. I’m not entirely sure what to do from here. I’m a PhD student working on my dissertation and I work a few other part time jobs (teaching, consulting, etc) to help with cash flow. Renting from the FBO I’m training at is somewhat prohibitive from a cost standpoint and difficult from a scheduling standpoint. Clubs around here are in the $180 a month range and most are equity with a $10k or so buy-in. Then they are typically either about $65 / hr dry or $85-90 / hr wet for something like a Cherokee or a 172. There are only a handful and most of them are full. I may have an option to buy into a 5-way partnership for $12k and then $110 / month. The other option is a pseudo-partnership. I have a friend who has her PPL and said that she would get a hangar if I got a plane. It would be something slow and simple like a Wag Aero Cuby. It’s attractive to me because I want to fly tailwheels and nobody around here rents them. I’m fairly good with wrenches and I feel pretty comfortable that I could learn what I need to learn to work on an EAB. I am also an EAA member so would have access to them. I’ve already written off maintaining IFR currency until I’m out of school. This would just be a way to have something that flies when I want it and if either of us wanted to take it for a few days to do a short trip we could. I’d have to finance but the payments would be less than club dues and hourly costs would be less. Insurance would make it a wash but scheduling would be easier. Mx is the big unknown. For reference we are talking $30k airplane here. So I’m pretty sure that is a terrible idea because there is undoubtedly some massive cost that I didn’t think of. But seeing as how there are people here who have been flying since the time I was running around in diapers I wanted to get the opinion of the forum. Is there a more cost effective way to get airborne and be able to put entries on my logbook on a semi-consistent basis that I am overlooking?