After an 18 month journey of stops and starts I completed my PPL this October . Simultaneously completed a transaction to buy a Piper Arrow II (PA-28R-200), which I'm happy to say is now safely in my hangar at KDPA outside of Chicago after a beautiful flight from KTVC. I'm nearly complete with the dual instruction time-in-type required by my insurance company, so it's almost time to start taking this thing for a spin solo! A series of milestones I'm glad to have completed. But with that said, I know the journey of learning is just beginning. And in that spirit, I'm curious if there are any Arrow pilots/owners/instructors/etc who can share any tips/tricks on best way to fly it or take care of it? Of course my CFI is providing me plenty of good information, and I've read the POH cover to cover, but I'd love any kind of practical experience someone can recommend about operating it. I'm looking at this plane as a lot more than a time builder, rather something I plan to keep for the long haul -- so I want to make sure I treat it right. I know this is kind of an open ended question, but hopefully that illustrates just how new I am to aircraft ownership. Any comments with respect to engine maintenance (things as simple as which oil is preferred to any sort of proactive maintenance), recommended settings during climbout/cruise (MP/RPMs), mixture settings, etc... All are appreciated! It'd be great to sort of get a feel for how multiple people fly this plane. Specs: TTAF ~2950 Lycoming IO-360-C1C at ~800h SMOH, last overhaul was in '93 Current oil analysis was inline with A&P expectations, though showing some elevated silicon levels. Planning on keeping the plane on an oil monitoring program. Compressions: 70/78/70/64 (cyl 4 not great). Recommendation from 2 A&Ps in prebuy was fly it more and it'll likely improve. May have been a flight school plane briefly in 1970s, but owned by same person for last 31years as a private recreational plane. Avionics - standard 6 pack Midwest plane it's whole life (Northern MI last 31yrs) Side note - insurance: In case anyone is curious, with ~50h and ink still wet on PPL, AVEMCO charged ~3050$/yr w/10hr dual instruction requirement for Piper Arrow (75k$ hull insurance). Without PPL license BWI quoted me only one company willing to underwrite policy at 3900$ as a student and with a 25h dual instruction requirement before I'd be allowed to solo. I occasionally see people asking about insurance rates so thought I'd include that here.