Woxof: Thanks for the warning, I was told it 'would be wise' to get up to 60 hours.
Brissie_lions: Maturity and age are only marginaly related. Excuse me for bragging, but I am considerably more mature than most people my age. It's not impatience that fuels my anger, it's just another way of America proving how 'free' it really is. I prefer Germany where kids can drink beer at my age, not because I like beer (I've never had any) but because it's free - let the kid choose what's right, and also most of Europe is more relaxed about sex, here in America you mention the word and people turn purple...
MD80DRVR: Haven't soloed, no, and I'm up to the challenge. I'm not sure why you people are so wonderfully inspiring (hint hint) but I've never failed at anything I've had confidence in. And thanks for the good luck, I'll need it!
Ralgha: I don't mean to disrespect you, but nothing you described about that test-taking sounds hard. I can keep to myself and do what I'm told to do pretty well. Thanks for the warning, though.
MD-90: Hmm... sharing an airplane with a girlfriend...
WinAir: Yeah, I've heard of people flying at 14, I can fly now, I just can't get licensed. I wish they'd just test your maturity, common-sense, and airplane know-how instead of having an absolute zero-tolerance for 16 year olds.
LH423: Sounds like the flights I could be taking. There are three that they offer, one of which is up into Wisconsin, and a seperate flight back (expensive!) the other two are just two different lengths, but in both cases you get to fly the plain with the FAA guy watching you and telling you which buttons to push.
AC_A340: I haven't a clue what the cost is. I walked into this podunk hangar of a building at the side of Pal-Waukee (probably mispelled that) - a municipal airport near Chicago - and some guy directed me to the flight people. There are these introductory flights, they start at $100, but you can pay $35 for a nicer airplane (4-seater instead of a 2; Beechcraft instead of a Cesna). After that, I assume you pay for each flight, so the total cost comes out - according to the guy I talked to - around $4,000 - $5,000. This, of course, is just what I've been told. Anyone who's actually gone through the process and has a license: PLEASE COMMENT.