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Is flying safe?

A well-built and maintained aircraft, flown by a competent pilot, is as safe — or safer — than many other forms of transportation.

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Is learning to fly difficult?


People of all shapes and sizes and ages and abilities have learned to fly. It’s fun, and, from the beginning of your training, you get to do most of the actual flying!

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How long before I can fly solo?

That depends on you.

There is no minimum number of lessons or hours of flight training. You will need to demonstrate a level of proficiency that indicates you can safely fly alone. You will also need a medical certificate and a student pilot’s certificate.

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When do I need a student pilot’s certificate?

Before you can fly solo.

You don’t need a student pilot’s certificate to take flying lessons.

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Am I eligible for a Student Pilot’s Certificate?

You are eligible if:

  • You are at least 16 years old
  • You can read, speak, and understand English
  • You hold at least a current third-class medical certificate

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How long are my Student Pilot’s Certificate and Medical Certificate valid?

They expire 2 years from the date they were issued.

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Where do I get a Medical Certificate?

From any FAA-authorized aviation medical examiner. There are approximately 6,000 of them in the U.S.

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What class of Medical Certificate must a student pilot have?

Third-class, although any class will suffice.

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