Well I am fulfilling a long time dream and am going to become a pilot. Long story short, I had a windfall and am buying a Taylorcraft BC12/D. I have no training but have had the pleasure of taking the yoke a few times with friends in their T-crafts. So the fire has been lit and is burning strong! I have spent hours reading posts in this forum educating myself (reading Stick and Rudder at the moment, too--Compleat Taildragger is next). I'd appreciate any input you all have but I am specifically looking for three things. Number 1 is to find a good certified flight instructor in the Anchorage area willing to train in my airplane. Number 2 is to find a tiedown on Lake Hood. I cannot get a tiedown on the state ramps until I have my sport pilot certificate. And that leads to Number 3: anybody have any thoughts on a self-study sport pilot ground school? I am thinking of getting Rod Machado's new Sport Pilot ground school book and using that as the basis for study.
I've done loads of research and had lots of help from my mentor pilot friend. But I've seen lots of wisdom and experience in this forum so I hope to hear from you guys!