Hi everyone! Looking to connect with Aviators from all over the globe, but mainly in Bay Area, California.
Gina Q Vu
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Hello again! I'm an aspiring and passionate student pilot working on my PPL. Due to a demanding career in Telemetry/Software Management (I work full time currently), my goal is to pass the FAA written exam, obtaining the standard 40+ hrs of flight time, and passing the Checkride at a steady but slower pace within 3 years. As I'm only getting older and not getting any younger - I thought why not do it now and do it with passion :)

I find the groups, forums, and contents through AOPA helpful as well as useful as I work to achieve my PPL. Would love to find a sense of community, collaboration and education of likeminded aviators. Please say hello and connect! You're welcome to pass along any useful insights and information as I humbly take the next steps into the wonderful world of aviation!
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It took me about two years to get mine.  I was working full time and finishing up my degree.  Very busy time.  I failed my oral the first time but passed everything the second attempt.  I'd have to say, working on it at all is a good thing but take a long time to do it also makes it a bit harder.  I learned in SoCal and am now in SoUtah
Gina Q Vu
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Hi Charles Kreling‍! You are a natural it seems. I'll PM you! Glad you are in the Bay Area and I'd love to check out your Diamond Star :)
Gina Q Vu
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Jeffrey Mirsepasy‍ Agreed all exams and tests should be combined as close to each other as possible to keep currency. 
Gina Q Vu
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Thanks Lauren McGavran‍ - I'm glad to be getting all the wonderful advices from fellow pilots! I'm happy to hear you've gone through a similar timeline to earn your PPL without the stress and hassle of accelerating things! Again, I'm earning my PPL for fun and not in a hurry to go chase a career with an airline, so I feel giving myself more time is not a bad idea at all. I do want to be up to currency as much as possible so I really have to think hard and make decisions as far as how much level of dedication I can put into flying once or twice a week. Financially it's not a problem for me. The challenge is time management as I have other important obligations as well. This is going to be a fun journey (I can sense already)!
Gina Q Vu
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Thanks Joe Odom‍ - all good advice. I've taken the discovery flights as part of a series of certificates I purchased for myself. I really enjoyed them and feel it's a great "eye opener" into aviation. It makes sense to take the FAA written exam as close as possible with the check ride etc.. Getting a medical certificate is another important milestone. 
Hi Gina

I am going to give you different advice than some of the others.  I have been licensed since 1984.  I got my license in about the minimum 40 hours and solo'd in 7 hours.  I got my Instrument in the minimum as well.  It is possible - depends on your pace, dedication and aptitude.  Part of my quick path was that I took the written and received a 97 prior to ever taking a lesson so I was prepared ahead of time with the book knowledge.  My oral exam was brief and easy.  As to purposely missing test questions for an easier oral exam - well that is just crazy and I encourage you to not do that.  I received a 100 on my instrument written which was appreciated by my examiner (also an Airline Captain) and made my check ride super easy.  I am also an advanced ground instructor and would never give that advice.

I live in the bay area and happy to take you flying in my DA40 and discuss getting your license.  PM me if interested.

All the best

Charles