Just about a year after getting my license, I've decided that I will, before the end of June, add a high-performance endorsement to it. This will vastly increase the number of planes that I can fly, as it allows me to fly any plane equipped with an engine producing more than 200HP as long as it does not also have flaps and retractable landing gear.
While on vacation a month ago, I got to sit right-seat in my girlfriend's father's Cessna 182. It's an old steam-gauge model, but I got a hint of how the bigger birds handle, though he handled the take-offs and landings. Funny... He took control back because he was getting jealous that I was flying and he wasn't.
So in the next couple of months, I will be able to fly Cessna 182s with their greater range and useful payload. I will also be able to legally fly a Cirrus SR22 or a Cessna Corvallis 350 or 400, but the odds of being able to do so are slim, as they are all in the $450K+ range, and hence even rental rates are incredibly high.
I am, however, eagerly awaiting the Flight Design C4, still in preliminary design phase but with numbers that look stunningly good. A practical four-seat plane, it will make heavy use of carbon fiber, have a glass panel cockpit, extremely good visibility, and is expected to have ranges of 1200 nautical miles (2200km) for the gasoline engine and 1700 nautical miles (3150km) for the diesel engine. Given that those are at 65% power ratings, it suggests some very, very nice cruise speeds. The $250,000 maximum price tag also is enticing; yes, it's the cost of a nice house in most places, but if I can get two other pilots to go in on it with a 10- or 15-year loan, it drops the costs dramatically.
If I show up at your door, chances are you did something to bring me there.