While you might be eager to get your first airplane and learn to fly, the matter isn’t always so simple, even if you do have enough money to buy yourself a real private jet. There are requirements set in place by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) relating tot who is eligible to become a certified pilot.
First of all, it’s important to note that there are specific age-related restrictions. No student can be younger than 16 to enroll in flight school, and if you want to pilot a glider or a balloon, you still have to be at least 14 years old. That being said, the FAA will not require you to have a student certificate in order to take flying lessons.
In the US, aspiring sport and recreational pilots are required to understand, speak and write English correctly. Also, there is a significant need for beginning pilots to demonstrate an ability to assimilate knowledge, including anything from airspace rules and procedures, to flight characteristics and capabilities of aircraft. Finally, a medical exam will be required as well.
Your US state driver’s license will be required. In the absence of one, you can present a 3rd class or higher Airman Medical Certificate. This will ensure that you are medically fit to fly an aircraft.
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