I'm halfway through a 10-year plan to pay for pilot training and buy my own plane (or a share of one). When I was introduced to flying by a friend, he said if he had the chance to do it over again, he would have saved up and bought a plane before he started instruction.
The benefits he mentioned:
- Learn in the plane you'll be flying.
- Avoid "throwing away" rent money.
What I've seen in most cases, though, is that most people get their license before getting a plane.
Thus my question: when does it make sense to buy a plane before training for your PPL?