What about a transceiver? When I first started this topic, I was looking for a scanner more for airplane spotting. Since then, I have had the opportunity to get my pilots license. So, the question is, should I go with the scanner or maybe spend a little more money and go for a transceiver that could be used for the airplane spotting and for in the airplane?
First, congrats on your pilot's license!
Second, a transceiver might be your best investment if you intend to use the radio for planespotting and pilot use. I like the Yaesu VXA-7xx line - the one you would want is:
The VXA-220 is a less expensive transceiver but also very good:
Icom also makes a good radio:
You just need to look at each radio and decide what is important to you in the way of features.