The regulations and Requirements to Train for your Private Pilot License
What skills and other requirements do you need to enroll as a student to learn to fly? Well, the willingness to defy gravity in a metallic machine that is heavier than air and good serving of common sense is a good start. From this point, there is a list of set FAA requirements that one must meet to consider enrolling in a school to become a pilot.
The most important requirements are:
At least 16 years old. However,to qualify for a glider or balloon pilot, you must be at least 14.
You can understand, speak and read English.
You hold at least a 3rd Class medical certificate.
Balloon and glider pilots just need to certify that they do not have any known medical shortcomings that would impair them.
The FAA has a long list of requirements titled “Part 61 Certification for Pilots, Flight Instructors, and Ground Instructors” that goes in detail to list the requirements, privileges and limitations of every rating or certificate. If you are interested in obtaining a pilot’s license at Palm Springs Flying School and are unsure of the exact eligibility requirements, the school will provide all the requirements prior to enrollment.
The Student pilot certificate
Every student starts out as a student pilot before taking a solo examination. At this stage, the student holds a student pilot certificate which has almost similar basic requirements as a pilot’s license. Student pilots who are pursuing a private or recreational pilot certificate are required to have an FAA medical certificate before taking solo lessons. Students who do not meet this requirement may have their certificates limited for safety reasons.
Passing Aeronautical knowledge tests
Before learners are permitted to hold a private pilot license, they must pass aeronautical knowledge tests that cover a range of interesting and diverse subjects including how airplane systems and flying work, aerodynamics, weather, FAA regulations, and emergencies among others. The FAA has a rule that requires every learner to pass a knowledge test that assesses these subjects with a minimum grade of 70 percent.