Looking for something to do during my approaching retirement, I allowed a friend who is a pilot to convince me that I should take up flying. Nine months later, in August 2006, I received my private pilot's license. Two days later I picked up my 601XL kit in Missouri. In April 2008 I got my airworthiness certificate. I finished flying off the 40 hour probationary period in November 2008. My plane has a Jabiru 3300 engine, a Grand Rapids Technology dual glass panel, a Garmin 496 as backup, round gauges as further backup, a Garmin SL30, a Garmin 327, a Tru-Trak 3-axis autopilot, and a beacon marker receiver.