I am getting mixed feedback from my instructor, friends and, of course, brokers on various platforms. The ones I am looking at are the Diamond DA40, Piper Archer iii and the SR20. Looking for used, ~2000-2003, steam gage is ok but I’d like WAAS and a decent autopilot. I plan on flying for business but stick to east coast and probably light travel. All in all, maybe 4-6 hours a month. I am a low-time pilot – 180 hours to date, just got my instrument in a Cessna 182 in April.
The thing I need to know more about is how I cut through the noise re: safety and costs (maintenance and insurance). I am sure this is a topic that has come up here 100 times! SO sorry for bringing it up again.
Anyone in Charlottesville I can buy coffee for and talk about the platform? And, any good info on costs would also go a long way. Again, thank you for your time!