OK, here is the deal. I am 37 years old about to turn 38. I have always wanted to learn to fly. I am done with the excuses. I was a poor enlisted guy. I have battled an illness for a couple of years. I finally decided that on my 38th birthday I will get my private pilot license and maybe take it farther. My goal is to fly from Virginia to St. Croix, USVI if possible in a years time. Is this an attainable goal? Now Im finally ready to take off. I have the funds to make it happen and I will be starting my training this Saturday at Aviation Adventures in Manassas, VA. I am being offered to train in a Diamond DA20, Cessna 152, or a Cessna 172. So any of you pro's out there have some advice on how to start, what to study? Good habits? Gear that is good or bad to get? Is there a thread out here that can help the newbies out? Please advise. Thanks.