I completed my PPL flight test last Friday, completing the transition from my non nav-endorsed RPC. Some stats from the very beginning in August 2017 when I embarked on the journey at 0 hours:
24 go arounds
50 full stops
95 touch and gos
28.9 hours XC
14.2 hours PIC
$16,854 including $276.50 landing fees
To be honest, I really enjoyed my flight training, I got on really well with all of my instructors along the way which helps it to be a fun experience and not "more training". We did some cool things, took some neat photos, made some mistakes together and learnt a heck of a lot. I've flown the following types along the way J160, J170, C140, PA28, Victa 115, and C172 and I think flying differing types has broadened my experience and reduced complacency. The Jabs are definitely more difficult to fly than the GA planes; the Victa is the sweetest
Overall I'd say the standards are similar between the two RA and GA schools that I flew with, obviously the GA school is pretty strict on CTA and CTR, radio calls etc.
Now that I'm a PPL my plan is to use it as a license to learn, and to see some more of the countryside from the air. Also I plan to do my MPPC endorsement to fly the C182 soonish.
I'd also like to convince my wife to come up with me, any tips there?