My first post: 10/10/16 Greetings and salutations! I am getting close to starting training. My mission will include transcontinental XC for seeing family, lite backcountry, lots of $100 burgers and Mercy flights. I'd like to take the quickest route through IFR certification. I've saved some good money. I can schedule 3 to 4 hops/week indefinitely. Wx here is generally not a problem. Cheap tie-down rate at local field. I'm mechanically savvy, owner maintenance doesn't scare me. I have 20+ hours in gliders. I will take the written prior to starting flight training. I've read the info on buying a plane, pa28/c152, the saving money and scheduling benefits (I've got great credit for loan). I've also read about the pros of joining a local flying club (cfi's included) here in L.A. How would you spend the money for the best results (fun/fulfillment/low stress/shortest time), longest dollar value, most options at the completion of the ifr training? Thanks!