New Student Pilot
Hello everyone, just making an introduction. I am brand new to flying and taking lessons (currently working towards my sport license). One day I hope to make it to my CFI but $$$ is my major hurdle.

I fell in love with aviation through an interest in WWI aviation and the pioneers. I would like to build a replica one day just for fun (probably a Nieuport) but I really can't get twin-engine Cessnas out of my head. I am in eastern NC and enjoy sailing around the sounds here. Well that's me. I hope to get to know you all!
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Hi Jeffrey - welcome aboard!
I'm also a student pilot working on my sport certificate in an RV 12 here at KFDK in Maryland. 

Keep looking for scholarships including the ones our You Can Fly program offers every year. We just gave out our 2020 scholarships but we'll be taking applications for 2021 just after the new year. I'd bookmark the following page to look for news: https://www.aopa.org/training-and-safety/students/flight-training-scholarships

There are also some great groups (Facebook) and websites out there that have lists of all the various organizations and groups that offer scholarships for flight training.

I'd also recommend digging into the Training & Safety Training and Safety area of our website as well as all of the amazing offerings by the Air Safety Institute to help you on your path!

Best wishes with your training!

-Kristen Rayner
AOPA Member Experience Specialist
Student Pilot
Hello Jeffrey. Balancing time and budget during whatever training stage you happen to find yourself can be a challenge. It is not uncommon for aspiring pilots to find that when they have time, they don't have money, and when they have money, they don't have time. Whenever possible, strategize each step of your training so that you have adequate funds and time available concurrently to minimize delays and maximize efficient learning. You will be happier, more motivated, and stand a better chance of reaching your goals. Good luck.

Bill K.
ATP, CFII
Kristen, I really enjoy all of the content available online through AOPA. I have also found tons to digest on FAAsafety as well.

Thanks Bill, I will definitely keep this in mind!
Bill definitely shared some great advice! I've been training since last September and am getting close to my check ride. I can 100% see now why so many people save up so that they can hopefully get through their training as quickly as possible. I had so many winter weather cancellations, even scheduling multiple lessons each week to try to make sure I kept flying regularly. Each little break you have to take usually means a step or two back.  Flying regularly helps you get through it all much quicker in the end. :)
Hello Jeffrey, Welcome aboard. I speak from a different point of view than some of the other replies. I have been in aviation for a long time and my heart flutters when I see and read from new aviators like you. I soloed in 1964, graduated from college in the AFROTC program and went to USAF flight school at  Vance AFB in Enid, OK. I spent 5 years in the AF flying RC-130A's and then went on to a 32-year career with Delta Air Lines and, all the while, staying current in GA aircraft. I'm still flying in my own Cessna 170B (yes, a tailwheel). I plan to keep it up as long as I'm safe (I'll be 80 next year). So, my advice is to keep your goals in front of you all the time and never let up. AOPA is the ultimate conduit for pilots and the aviation world. Use them often and keep flying and always, always and always, put safety on the first line of your preflight, before taxi, before take-off, and before landing checklists. Never get 'get-home-itis' or any of the other excuses for being safe. Good luck and 'Keep the shiny side up':)
 
Hi Jeffrey...

Check out this article.   Send me a PM if you want some guidance.   Just helped two gentlemen in Minnesota put together a very affordable desktop sim.   

I am now developing a sim based flight training program for high school students here through the local Women in Aviation International chapter.   Making flight training affordable and achievable is the goal.

https://rodmachado.com/blogs/learning-to-fly/the-power-of-simulators