"The Wright brothers didn't have a flight instructor and they did okay!" Yes, but that was before the FAA and before thousands of other aircraft crossed the skies. Besides, I believe that Wilbur and Orville would have preferred learning from an instructor instead of repeatedly crashing their newborn aircraft. The fact is, you'll need flight instruction. All new pilots do. It's the law. And it's for your own good because many of the things you'll learn from an instructor you might not appreciate until the day you try to make your airplane climb too fast or you have to make an emergency landing or handle an equipment failure at 4,000 feet.