Here's the deal. I am not a pilot but am planning on being one within the next 5 years or so...or at least that's the plan but we all know how that can go. In your opinions, should I go with a "cheap C-150 or T-Craft, or some other relatively lower priced deal" airplane and learn in my own craft, or should I go the flying school route and rent by the hour and just rent planes when I want to go flying? Is it better just to pay more and get that super cub and skip the C-150? What are the expected and unexpected costs for owning oh, say, a Cessna 170 (I've seen a few deals on craigslist). What I would like to be able to do is take a buddy or two out flying on nice days, but would also like to be able to haul gear for hunting and fishing which of course rules out the C-150 and tiny 2 place planes. Sorry for all the novice questions but I'm just trying to get a good picture as to what would be the most cost effective way to start flying and what the yearly costs are for maintaing a good usable (fishing and hunting) airplane. Thanks for your input.