Good, complete checkout. One hour ground followed by two in the air. She flies very nicely and has lots of power and speed. Lots of things are very pilot friendly. I'm really happy she has the HSI, for example. Lots of room, and very comfortable. We did short field takeoff, soft field takeoff, go-around, THREE engine outs (see below), steep turns, power-off stall, power-on stall, ILS, and VOR-A. CFII also showed me the 90/270 PT which I had never done. I liked that. Those engine outs: CFI warned me that the thing drops like a rock. Essentially, if you get engine-out abeam the numbers, you have to do a power-off 180. The first one, I just would not have made it. Not even close. The second one was fine, but since I was rolling out about 50 AGL, I told him I wanted to go-around and not be rushed into a landing. The third one we did because CFI wanted to show me how pulling the prop BACK extends the glide--it really worked. I would only do that if I was sure I couldn't restart. No brain farts on the instrument stuff. I was not holding altitudes like I wanted, but I was tracking well. I got better as I went along. I attribute the alt loss/gains to the heavy controls with which I have to remember to be more positive. The ILS was great. I felt like the plane was flying it for me, and it was within ATP standards. That's how you know it HAD to be the plane! The VOR-A is not a hard approach, and I did fine except for some drift-downs on the intermediate MDAs (see above). The only downside is it gets real hot in there while you're waiting to go! Oh, and it costs a crapload of money. Well, I have a couple of new students, so that will help. I met Jill today, and that was GREAT! Nice to see people from the webboard! Question for you and Tim: I forgot to ask the CFI--isn't there a stormscope in there somewhere?