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I was just talking with a friend across the way who bought a new TBM 850 9 months ago. He had about 250TT, none in high performance, much less turbines when he bought the 850. [...] I am a different sort when it comes to this stuff though. Paul was ready to solo me in the Six at 5 hours, I had him fly with me for five more until he jumped out one day and told me in mixed polish/english, "Is time, you must be brave!"
On this, I'm even more conservative than you. I forced myself to fly VFR-only for 200 hours (no easy task in a 160hp C172N at a mountain airport at 5,000' MSL) before going IFR, and I logged 90 hours of simulated IFR on business trips with my instructor in the right seat before actually doing my instrument training. I think I had 350 TT before I made my first solo flight in actual IFR, and in my own Seneca II.
Man, I loved that airplane: cheap to operate, cheap to maintain, trustworthy, reliable, safe, and comfortable. That 49" wide cabin puts any Bonanza or Baron to shame.