Howdy everyone! New student pilot here, and I just wanted to share my first-time experience with others and ask some questions (see the end for the questions). Since this is something I've wait my entire 34 years of existence for, I'm going to be treating it with the utmost respect and the same level of admiration I had for it when I was a young child. Let me preface this next bit by saying that I've been following along and quizzing with the "2019 FREE Private Pilot Ground School" course on the Fly8ma website (can't post links yet). I had already completed the first 10 lessons before my first flight and feel like I had at least a little bit of knowledge going into it. I've also been flying PC flight simulators for a long time, but didn't think for a second that I would be ready to fly in the real world. I will be taking lessons under Part 61 instruction since I have a full-time job and that's what works for my schedule. I live in an area of Ohio that's surrounded by small airports (10-30 minutes any direction). Unfortunate part is where I live there aren't many CFIs that can teach new pilots (one grounded for health, another for insurance, etc.), and my chosen CFI works full-time flying freight which puts him out of town more often than not. I had the opportunity to take my first flight lesson in a rather rugged Piper PA-28-140 this past Sunday, and it's safe to say that was probably the best day of my life yet. I had been in contact with him a couple of times over the phone, and our personalities pretty much clicked. Out of the many CFIs and flight schools I spoke with, I knew this was the guy I wanted teaching me (over 20k hours of flight time and teaching since I was a 3y/o). I was originally just driving out to the airport to meet him in person for the first time, but after about 45 minutes of chatting, he asked that silly question, "You want to go up today?" Of course I said, "Absolutely!" We left the FBO's office and headed straight to the plane. We walked around the plane talking about all the different control surfaces, external sensors, engine compartment and components, etc. while completing the pre-flight inspection. He then said something that surprised the crap out of me, "Go ahead and climb in. Pilots sit on the left, so I'll sit on the right." Reminder: first flight with the instructor on day 1 of meeting him! This is when I started sweating (OK, it was also 90F outside and clear skies, so there's that). I climbed up, crawled in (6' tall), and sat in the left seat. We spent a good 20 minutes or so just talking about each instrument and making sure I knew what I was getting myself into and gauging my knowledge. Shortly thereafter, he had me take out the checklist and go through before start and startup (Holy crap, I started a real plane!). We then put the headsets on, performed mic checks, and talked about taxiing. It took a second to sink in that he was actually having me operate an aircraft, but how far? "Now then, use a little power and use your rudder peddals to steer. Go ahead and taxi left behind the other parked aircraft and we'll head out taxiway alpha to takeoff on runway two five." I was dumbfounded & super focused at the same time. He had me taxi, perform the run-up, announce to traffic we were back-taxiing to the runway, taxi down the runway and turn around to lineup, then... takeoff. "What you're going to do..." He actually had me takeoff, climb, navigate headings, follow landmarks, fly around my house, return to the airport, and only when we were about 300' from the runway did he touch the yoke to help me flare! Needless to say, the blaring heat didn't mean a thing to me other than the bumpiness at 2000' agl. After we taxied to the fuel box, I performed the shutdown and we headed back inside. We had a good long talk, I wrote a check (way cheaper than I thought it would have been, but he did say he wasn't in it for the money), did some simple paperwork, and he said that he wanted me to look into a "Private Pilot Kit". He gave me a King Schools catalog, and said the kits ran around $300ish and that there were other options out there as well from Sporty's, Gleim, ASA, etc. I was so excited and exhausted (stinkin' heat) that I completely forgot to ask him about the kits before he left for San Juan for a week! So, I got online to lookup kits, ran across this little gem of a forum and thought I'd join up and ask! Questions: What all do I need out of a Private Pilot Kit, and which companies should I be looking at? Do I need an electronic E6B, or is the mechanical plotter good enough to get started? Should I buy it as a bundle or a la carte? Should I stick with the free Fly8ma ground school and use the myriad of free practice tests, or is there value in one of the others that I won't get otherwise? Any help would be most appreciated!