Looking to choose a place to fly out of for getting my PPL. Would you recommend a program based out of a controlled or uncontrolled airport? It sounds like you get more flight time out of the uncontrolled (less busy), but less experience liaising with ATC. Both options are comparable cost-wise and about the same distance from my house.

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I’m actively pursuing my PPL. About 80% of the way.

I started at untowered and then had to shift to towered (super busy / restricted airspace near IAD). I’m really glad I started at untowered to focus on learning the basics of flying vs having to also deal with busy airspace and ATC. I did get some towered experience from cross countries and practice at towered fields. I feel like I’m able to be more effective in my practice at a towered airport now as I get close to achieving my PPL. To be clear, untowered can still be busy and has it downsides because people do stupid stuff, but I felt I built good communication habits and was able to get my reps in.

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Happy to share more via DM. I found getting started was the biggest hurdle. So many options and factors.

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