Your connection with the sky

Starting Flight Lessons

Have you ever had the dream of flying but also thought that it is too elusive for someone like you? Flight is actually a gift that is freely available to anyone, as long as you have the determination and passion for the craft. Anyone can learn to fly, that is a fact. All one needs to do is just know how they can approach such a goal to make it real.
Flight training
Now, how does one start flight lessons? Here are some requirements that you first must comply with before you can start learning how to fly from a qualified flight instructor:

The Age Requirement

Anyone can learn to fly, as mentioned earlier. In fact there actually is no age requirement when speaking in terms of taking flight lessons. However there is a requirement when it comes to solo flight or taking your private pilot checkride (your final test). In the United States you must be at least 16 to solo and 17 to take your checkride. Don't let this deter you! I teach students as young as 13 and 14 so they can prepare to solo on their 16th birthdays!

The Medical Requirement

All student pilots are required to pass a medical exam that will certify them as being fit to fly. This is conducted by an AME (Aviation Medical Examiner) which you can usually find at your local airport. A Medical is not required to start flight lessons but will be required before your first solo.

Worried about getting a medical? Maybe you should look into Light Sport Flying. That allows you to fly on just a drivers license.

Conclusion

With the above requirements met you're well on your way with your private pilot training and getting closer to the illusive private pilot checkride.

If you care to learn more about flight training check out my website http://www.m0a.com or pick up a copy of my book: Learn to Fly - Pass Your Private Pilot Checkride

10 Responses to “Starting Flight Lessons”

  1. Student pilots can learn to soar and solo in a sailplane or a motorglider (self-launching glider) at age 14 and qualify for their private glider pilot certificate at age 16. There are several two place motorgliders that are very similar to light sport airplanes but have fewer operating restrictions (fly above 10,000 feet, faster than 120 knots, and up to 1698 lbs.). Glider and motorglider pilots do not require an FAA medical.

  2. Glider and motorglider pilots do not require an FAA medical OR a drivers license.

  3. I think the most demanding factor when it comes to flight training is the cost of training involved. You mention the age limit and medical requirement but avoided this important aspect. There are a lot of people out there who want to learn to fly but does not have the financial ability to go about it. Most of these people are from the developing world where loans and scholarships are not easily accesible. Please if you can lay more emphasis on how to surmont this financial mountain before us, it will be most appreciated. Thank you

  4. Ekene is correct when he states that the financial aspect is the hardest obstacle to overcome, but this isn't true only of people in developing countries. Most people in the US who would like to fly cannot justify the expense when there are so many other priorities when they have a family.

    Dave is also correct about the younger age for gliders, and learning to fly gliders can be less expensive in a club. However, most motorgliders are more expensive than low-end single-engine airplanes.

    For cash-strapped individuals who just HAVE to fly, ultralights may be the most economical, but if a person spends the money up front to learn to fly gliders, once they get their certificate they can partner with one or two others to buy a decent performing glider and from then on, fly only for the cost of the tow. The challenges of flying cross-country in a glider make this form of aviation never boring.

    My .02

  5. Commercial aviation is going to get harder and harder in the future. The new laws passed requiring 1500 hours is almost impossible for the average person to achieve. At a cost of 140$ and hour who can afford the 200,000$ to get there. So I took the chance that 39,000 people might donate a dollar to send me to a flight academy..check out http://www.fundapilot.com

  6. I agree that anyone can learn to fly, I've wanted to do it for many years. However, the means to fly is associated with great cost and not everyone is well to do and able to afford the training. Anyone can learn using simulation on computers but for actual in flight experience it does require a pretty large wallet.

  7. Always remember the basic since it is very important.In a career like aviation, one cannot afford to just skip to the advanced stage since aviation involves lives.

  8. Thanks for the informative article. It pays to always remember the fundamentals of flying.

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