Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:33 pm
One other thing to add - hopefully it's useful - is to remark that taking the time to do your PPL means you will be exposed to a much greater range of flying scenarios and conditions, which (arguably) makes you a more rounded pilot.
You could go to Florida and bash out your PPL in a week, which will ensure that you are very well qualified to fly in whatever the conditions were in Florida at that time of year.
But, take it a bit slower and the experiences gained tend to differ; when I look back I think of:
Thermic, bumpy conditions in summer with the handling challenges this gave me
Poorer weather in winter, lots of decision-making about flyability
Windier days in Autumn, helping me practice my cross-wind landings
Late summer evenings, with the sun low, spotting traffic
In the summer (particularly), planning routes to avoid airshows and restricted airspace
In early Spring, contending with poor runway conditions due to wet winters
Hot weather, thinking about takeoff performance
Weekends, dealing with busier airspace and honeypot circuits
Weekdays, when things are quieter
Of course, that's not to say you won't get it at other times of the year, but just that if your course spans a year, you get to see a much broader range of conditions than you might if you churn out your learning in a short space of time.
FWIW, it took me 3 years to get my NPPL and while I would have liked to have completed it quicker, finances prevented it and I think I enjoyed the range of different scenarios that gave me.