Well, I've been preparing to do it for over 30 years and today I received my first official flight instruction with my instructor. I don't know that my instructor would want his name plastered all over my blog so I'll just use his first name... Bob. Bob is a man of patience and I can tell I'm going to enjoy training with him. He spent 1.5 hours with me starting at 0630 this morning and it was fantastic. We went over preflight and then spent an hour practicing basic flight maneuvers. It was not a perfect landing but I'm proud to say I at least landed the airplane today as well. Bob is also either a very trusting guy or totally insane for letting me land.
This day was made even more exciting by the fact that I just yesterday took delivery of my own Cessna 172N, a 1979 vintage Skyhawk with a 180 HP conversion. Fantastic airplane located with the help of Hanger Aviation out of Charleston, SC. Cole, Clark and Kris at Hanger Aviation have been awesome and with their help I'm now the proud owner of N9478E. She runs well and flies great. Needless to say, I'm pretty happy with the situation.