For jets, I'd vote for the Venom F-86 Sabre 70 mm electric ducted fan jet. It looks great and you won't find retractable landing gear and working air brakes on any other jets in its price class. It could be a good jet trainer, but is not recommended as a first plane for a new pilot. For new pilots, I'd say the Multiplex EasyStar is a great one. It isn't the cheapest, but the elapor foam tends to win people over with its repairability. That can be a big consideration for novice pilots!