I'll start this off by saying thank you to the entire Pilots Of America community, you've all helped me through a lot of the hurdles and frustrations of flight training. I've been reading threads on here for the better part of 6 months, but as a student I never really felt like I could post under the title of "pilot". Now, after what seemed like an eternity of testing, retesting, and testing again, I finally have that little sheet of paper that allows me to legally operate an aircraft (under VFR conditions). The question naturally follows, now what? I'm a pilot in my early 20's, living in southern California, so the budget doesn't quite allow for a plane purchase any time soon. My plan in the short term is to rent form the flight school to maintain currency, however availability is sparse and currency is a far cry from proficiency. The long term plan is joining a flight club, however the club at my local field has quite the lengthy waitlist. Curious to hear how those of you who aren't owner/operators have managed to stay in the air consistently.