Someone had a thread similar to this a while back, but I thought I would bring it up again. I really really want my own airplane and I was resigned to the thought that it was just too expensive. What sparked my interest again was an article in http://www.planeandpilotmag.com/ about 10 easy to own airplanes. The article goes into the initial cost of an airplane, like a 1968 PA28-140 for $25,000 but it doesn't get into any detail about MX and other cost's. What does an annual cost on this type of airplane? What would an overhaul cost? How much does it cost to keep your GPS database current? Tie down? Insurance? This is a pretty simple airplane, and I would think these cost's would be manageable. Ideally I would have an A&P inspect the plane first. An airplane with a fresh annual, and low time engine would be great. But what are the real cost's involved, not a per hour cost, but real out of pocket money? I've been doing research on AOPA's website also. Just thought I would get some opinions here too.