First time purchase

I would like to by a 182. I am practicing maneuvers for my PPL checkride. What hurdles to I can to cross?

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Ronald Levy
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You've double-posted this – please stick with one forum for the same question.

Phillip-You need to proof read your question before posting. I have no idea what your asking.

 I actually did what you are thinking about so let me explain what happened and give you a bit of advice.  

During my ground school, the FBO had a meeting for all pilots in it's flying club regarding buying a plane. The class was taught by a pilot who worked for an airplane sales company  This was very helpful and could be used for anyone buying a any plane, not just student pilots thinking aobut buying a 182 like I did while I was still a student pilot.   I highly recommend this as a first step before you even start looking at planes.  There are a LOT of gotchas that can cost you a lot of money if you don't see them coming.  Learn about pre-buy inspections, maintenance costs, flying costs (fuel and oil) property taxes (yes!) and insurance costs.   Figure out if you can really afford a plane.   Here are some real numbers, but yours may be different.  2005 C182/G1000/TCAS.   Purchase price $187,500, pre-buy inspection, $500, annual inspection and maint, $2500,  insurance $4000/yr  fuel $7.20 @14gph ($98) per hour, property taxes $3000/yr.  But I live in a CA county where they gouge you on everything.     

 Now I will address your question, and remember, this comes from personal experience because I did it.
The differences betwen a trainer and a 182 are:
Operating and maintenance costs, time to learn and build your skills, instructor availability, time in the air, and costs.

There are two schools of thought regarding this.  1. If you learn to fly in the plane you own, you will not have to learn a lot of things over again and get certified in a different type) when you switch from a trainer to the more advanced plane you buy later.  2.  A 182 takes longer to learn to fly and that will cost your more. A 182 is really nose-heavy and does not practically land itself like a 172 does.  It takes a lot more practice to get it right and that means more instructor hours nad more costs. Trim is your friend, believe me.  I have hundreds of hours in both, so I say that from experience.  Depending on what model 172 you train in and the model of 182 you are planning to buy, there can be a huge difference in the cockpit and flight deck  (round guages vs glass cockpit).   In addition, depending on the school you are flying with, you may have difficulty finding an instructor who is qualified to fly a Garmin G1000.  A lot of schools still have old round guage planes.  I suggest that if you want to buy a 182 with a G1000, find an instructor first.  He or she may be able to help you find the right plane too.   Learning to use a G1000 takes a lot more time because there is alot more to it.  However, once you learn it, flying is a LOT easier and IHMO, a lot safer.  ADSB lets you see the planes around you, even if you cannot see them visually, especially in low visibility.  CAVEAT: Some instructors told me that the DPE (FAA examiner) would make me show him everything on the G1000 in their efforts to talk me into renting a plane from their employer.  That turned out NOT to be true at all.  I took my checkride in my 182. They only check the basics, but you do have to know both the GPS and VOR nav systems. They test you on both nav systems in case one fails. 

Hope this helps.  LEt me know if you hav eany more questions about this.