One of my hunting partners has gotten this idea in his head to buy a plane for his hunting trips. I have tried to tell him that by the time he gets his license and his plane, pays the storage, insurance, fuel, and maintenance, it will be cheaper and easier to charter one (if it flies, floats or f***'s: rent it). He is in his mid 50's and in good shape, but for the number of sheep hunts he has left...He did go on three last year though. He is dedicated and very picky.
Anyway, he is looking for a STOL and has come across the Zenith 801. It is a kit plane, which is okay if you have the time to build it and you are not going to fly commercially, which he obviously is not. I believe the kit is around $30,000 and the engine, prop, instruments etc are on top of that. He is mechanically inclined but sometimes is a bit of a duct tape and bailing wire guy. I know it will have to pass inspection though. If I seem a little concerned, just remember that he will want me to hop in the plane as well to go hunting.
My opinion is that if he must get a plane, it would be better to find one that has been taken care of and is ready to go, or buy into a partnership. I have suggested a Wilga, Husky, Super Cub, Stinson, Cessna... He is pretty set on a 4 seater which I believe rules out the SC. I know that if he can afford it and it gives him pleasure, then what does it matter? I have read some of the other threads concerning bush planes, but would like some input/advice from those that have been there/done that. Thanks.