I live in Tampa, FL and for years have dreamt of becoming a pilot. But money has always stopped me. A friend is a cargo pilot and says it cost him about $4000 - $5000 over the years to get to where he is. But if I just wanted to start, how much time and money do I need? Is it something I can do in my "spare" time, like on the weekend? Is it something I can stretch out over time so it's not such a big expense. Point me in the right direction, guys. And the follow-up question is, once I become a pilot, how much cost is involved in actually flying? Renting planes, paying for fuel, landing fees, all that. I have friends in Tennessee, and my dream is to some day be able to fly - rent a plane - fly to Knoxville for a visit, and fly home. But is this cost efficient? Something I could afford. Any advise is appreciated.