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acepilot32 Captain

i was wondering how old do you have to be to fly

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RadarMan Chief Captain

It probably depends on what country you live in.

http://flighttraining.aopa.org/learntofly/faq.html

Radar

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bawls327 Chief Captain

Please correct me if I am wrong but this is what I heard. 17 to get your private pilot, 18 for your commerical, and 21 for your ATP.

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Rifro Trainee

it more matters were you go even, clearwater air park, its 16 for private, but just a few miles away in Tampa North its 17, dunno why.

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VegasFlyer Chief Captain

If you ask me I would change the law so nobody under 18 can't even think about sitting in the pilot's seat. 16,17 is way too young.

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CRJCapt Chief Captain

The age to qualify for a pilot certificate, in the US, is controlled by Federal Aviation Regulation(FAR) for the entire country.

FAR 61.83 Eligibility requirements for student pilots.
To be eligible for a student pilot certificate, an applicant must:
(a) Be at least 16 years of age for other than the operation of a glider or balloon.
(b) Be at least 14 years of age for the operation of a glider or balloon.

FAR 61.305 Eligibility requirements for Sport Pilot certificate.
(a) To be eligible for a sport pilot certificate you must:
Be at least 17 years old (or 16 years old if you are applying to operate a glider or balloon).

FAR 61.96 Applicability and eligibility requirements: Recreational Pilot.
To be eligible for a recreational pilot certificate, a person who applies for that certificate must:
(1) Be at least 17 years of age;

FAR 61.103 Eligibility requirements: Private.
To be eligible for a private pilot certificate, a person must:
(a) Be at least 17 years of age for a rating in other than a glider or balloon.
(b) Be at least 16 years of age for a rating in a glider or balloon

FAR 61.123 Eligibility requirements: Commercial.
To be eligible for a commercial pilot certificate, a person must:
(a) Be at least 18 years of age;

FAR 61.153 Eligibility requirements: ATP.
To be eligible for an airline transport pilot certificate, a person must:
(a) Be at least 23 years of age

Reference (link): Arrow Federal Aviation Regulations

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acepilot32 Captain

vegas flyer flying is actually more safe than driving and they give 16 year olds a drivers license after just 1 year of training and the fact that teenagers think that they know everything about driving but flying is a whole different thing and the course is usually 3-4 years(or so i iv heard) and they modify aircraft to be more safe than cars

hang on im getting confused Fear Help! Umm...

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VegasFlyer Chief Captain

The PPL course takes a couple of months to complete. CPL takes around 1.5 years.

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acepilot32 Captain

aaaaaa what does ppl and cpl mean? Fear

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RadarMan Chief Captain

acepilot32 wrote:

aaaaaa what does ppl and cpl mean? Fear

Private Pilot Licence

Commercial Pilot Licence.

Radar

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Jonathan (99jolegg) Chief Captain

VegasFlyer wrote:

The PPL course takes a couple of months to complete. CPL takes around 1.5 years.

...or 3 weeks and 2 weeks respectively, if you go a different route.

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xXx-DeathKid-xXx First Officer

Well i know which one sounds more thorough Wink

Im gonna do all my lessons (PPL, CPL, CFI, CFII, MEJ, INST, COMM and ATP) with Phoenix East Aviation

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acepilot32 Captain

thank you

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In the United Kingdom, You can begin flying training at any age altough you have to be 16 to get a ppl. Though the Air Cadet Organisation we begin free pilot training at the age of 13 but you can fly before that by paying for it at a private club.

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