Hi Everyone, Happy to join you here. I've been an avid flightsim junkie since I was a teenager, logging countless hours on the 172RG. Now that my life has settled a bit, with kids in school and more spare time on my hands, I've decided to pursue my love of flying for real. I live in Westchester County (NY), and the nearby airport (15 min drive) - HPN - seems to have but one flight school. I was a bit surprised by the overall cost of acquiring a Private Pilot's License, but I understand the cost is largely due to aircraft time (rental, fuel, instructor fees), and varies student by student. I'm just about to wrap-up my ground school, and am scheduling my initial few lessons with the flight academy. I really think (given the investment) that I should be able to meet (or certainly, at least choose) my flight instructor. However, the school informs me they assign one to me based on availability. However, once assigned, I will remain with that flight instructor throughout my training. My question to you is - am I required to take my flight instructions through a certified/license school? Or can I source a flight instructor who works independently? I'm not entirely familiar with the legality of this. To reiterate a bit differently - can I undertake the entirety of my flight training outside of an established flight school - directly with an instructor and rent an aircraft? From a business perspective, a flight school has their overhead (employees, office space, etc.) so it would seem to be more economical to proceed with an instructor directly. I'm just not sure whether there are FAA requirements regarding who administers the education. Thanks for understanding, and I look forward to hanging out here more.