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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Dean Brock
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   I have to tell you something about flying since you mentioned money.  You don't really have to have money when you seriously commit to flying.  However money is always mentioned by those who are not going to fly and may other good reasons for not doing it.  Not being able to get a medical sometimes stops people.
      PASSION, TIME, and RELATIONSHIPs are required to succeed in flying.  You didn't mention your age, but in most cases, older students are not really willing to shed the other life priorities and activities that take up their TIME, so success is not possible.  It takes a bunch of hours of your lifetime to really fly.   People think they can just add another activity to their already full schedule.  When we develop tremendous PASSION, we then make the TIME and the right RELATIONSHIPS.  
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.
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':)
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. :)
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!
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.