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Hey all,

I'm on the hunt for a flight school or cfi to pursue my PPL. I live just south of Seattle, about 10 minutes from both Boeing Field and Renton Muni.  I've visited both Galvin and Rainier Flight Services, the two big schools in the area, and each has some pros and cons in my limited opinion.

I'm hoping there might be someone here who has trained in the area and might be able to offer some guidance.

I couldn't find any recent posts on this topic.  Does anyone have an online ground school they really liked or disliked?

A few I've looked at:  

sporty's - . **Seems ok, but pretty dry***
fly8ma -  **I did the free version and it was enjoyable**
thefinerpoints -  - **brand new, from Jason Miller - I like his ...
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