Hi guys, I've been interested in obtaining a private pilot license for quite some time. I've done a bit of research, but had some questions. To clarify, I am located in Charlotte, North Carolina. 1. What can I do to prepare myself for flight training? Is there any literature I can read prior to beginning to ensure that I am as knowledgeable as possible as I start? 2. Airplane rental runs between $90-300/hour and instruction runs between $50-55/hour. My research has indicated that you should assume you'll need around 60 hours of training to obtain your PPL, which then translates to ~$9,000. Is that accurate? 3. Do your hours expire? Assuming you would want to obtain your PPL within 1 year, it would require 5 hours of instruction per month, which equates to $750/month. What is the average amount of hours that a students purchase (i.e. are they typically doing 1 hour per week, 5, etc.)?