Hi Everyone, Well its official, first hour in the log book That hour went really, really fast, seemed like it took 5 minutes!!! The instructor is about 10 years older than me and he seems pretty no-non-sense. We've owned the plane for about 9 months now and I have about 12 flights sitting the right seat trying to taking it all in. Felt so different sitting in the left seat, starting the plane and flying left handed instead of right. Learned a couple things about pre-flight I never would have expected. He also flew with my wife so they could get to know each other and the plane. I wanted to start lessons so bad right after we got the plane but I'm glad we got the kinks worked out, had time to just enjoy it as a family and lots of time to discuss training and find the instructor. Each instructor I spoke with did recommend learning in the 182 vs a 172 or Archer as it will be the plane I will eventually fly. Clearly it will take more time to learn. The FBO will be charging an additional $5/hr of instructor time for not using their plane. To use our plane, their chief A&P had to review all logs for AD compliance and we had to add the FBO to our Avemco policy during the training (adds bout $250/yr). One funny thing about insurance. Since my wife has over 3,000hrs including instrument, HP, complex, multi, etc I am now on the insurance already with no hours and the premium did not change at all! Last topic: Tablets in the cockpit during instruction. I was somewhat surprised when he said he thought it was great. The only time I ever even looked at it was when the screen saver went on and he asked how to see the map again. My approach will be to always mount it, connect to the external GPS, start up Pilot (as we would always do)....but then never use it or interact with it unless he prompts me to do so. I'm wondering, maybe the FBO planes have glass cockpits so this perhaps gives him something similar. Thanks to everyone on the forum for all the help so far regarding aircraft ownership. Its nice to turn the corner and start learning how to fly ps. Thanks also to Dr.Chien for his assistance regarding one potential medical issue, it was probably never a big deal....he sure knows his stuff...I did everything exactly as he said and it was signed in the AME's office. ==== UPDATE: I'M A PILOT!!! ===== Start: 4/17/2017 Finished: 2/2/2018 Age: 50 yrs old Calendar Time: 41 weeks Unable To Fly: ~5 weeks (Wx,Work Travel, Family Vacation, Annual, TC Repair) Available Time: 36 weeks Total Instructors: 2 Total Flights: 78 (CFI#1=41, CFI#2=8, Solo=28, DPE=1)Total Time: 100.2hrs Total Dual Received: 70.6hrs (CFI#1=54.3, CFI#2=16.3) Solo(PIC) Time: 29.6hrs Solo At: 26hrsDual Cross Country: 8.7 (CFI#1=7.6, CFI#2=1.1) Solo Cross Country: 5.9hrs Instrument Time: 3.4hrs (CFI#1=3.1, CFI#2=0.3, DPE=0.2) Night Dual: 4.3hrs (CFI#1=3.2, CFI#2=1.1) Night Landings: 14 (CFI#1=11, CFI#2=3) Total Airports: 21 (Towered=4, Uncontrolled=17) Grass Strips: 2 Total Landings: ~340 (best guess) Total Miles Flown: ~9400 (best guess) Total Fuel Used: ~1050 gallons Total Fuel Cost: $4600 3rd Class Medical: $170 Total Instructor Fees: $4600 King Ground School: $210 Airman Knowledge Test: $125(??forget??) Books & Charts: $150 DPE Exam Fee: $450 Additional Hangar Costs: $900 Repairs: 2 tires, turn coordinator Annuals: 1 Endorsements: HP Main Challenges: #1-First Solo, #2-Crosswind Landing, #3-Switching Instructors.