This is my post from another thread, "How Did Everyone Do Today?" I was getting off topic, so I've added the post here, in case anyone wants to continue the discussion: Check out the Cirrus SR22 and SR20. It's the one with a parachute. Those aircraft and the Lancair Columbia are probably the state of the art,...at least for "reasonably affordable" go-fast, production aircraft. Really nice stuff! And re: the parachutes. Actually, pilots who fly aerobatic aircraft are required to wear a parachute when they are performing any unusual attitude maneuvers. Finally, for pure getting from Point A to Point B, a Cessna 150 can be had for $16K to $25K in really good shape. Sure, it's slow and can carry only two people, but it sure beats driving... I'd take a slow 120 mph aircraft flying a straight line to my destination over a car.....on *most* days. As they say, on some days "It's better to be on the ground wishing you were flying than to be flying, wishing you were on the ground." I used to own and fly a Mooney aircraft up until about two years ago. For any travel to nearby states (Rocky Mountain region), it was much faster than the airlines. Anything beyond, well, airlines saved you time. Of course, there's nothing like pulling up to your plane with your car, unloading the baggage, and taxiing up to a waiting vehicle at your destination.