I'm new in Alaska, here to fly fighters out of JBER. I have ZERO general aviation experience, but about 350 hours (plus at least 1000 hrs sim) in high performance single engine turboprops and multi-engine low bypass turbofans. I do understand that this type of flying is very different from GA flying. I plan on taking the FAA military competency exam which will give me my SEL, MEL Commerical certificate (I think I'm saying that right).
Here's the deal. I want to get qualified in an airplane that is relatively fun, relatively inexpensive, and can carry up to 4 people, so that when family and friends come in town I can show them around Alaska. I also want to take enough lessons that I can appreciate the unique challenges in civilian aviation, and get familiar with the Alaskan local area and its unique weather/terrain/airspace risks.
Anyone have any recommendations for (1) instructors/schools and (2) types of aircraft to rent and where to rent them?
Thanks for any help.