Any person may begin taking flying lessons at any age. However, the Club recommends that aspiring pilots obtain a third class medical certificate sooner rather than later when starting flight training as to ensure that the student pilot has no disqualifying medical conditions. A third class medical can be obtained from any doctor who has been qualified as an Aviation Medical Examiner. The Club or your instructor can provide you with the names and contact information for local physicians who are also AMEs.
Once the student obtains his or her third class medical certificate, the student is automatically issued a student pilot certificate by the AME. When your instructor determines that you are ready to solo or to take your first cross-country flights, your instructor will endorse your student pilot certificate. The properly endorsed student pilot certificate serves as your first pilot’s license.
A person of any age can begin taking lessons and logging flight time toward their desired pilot’s certificate. However, in order to solo (i.e., fly without a flight instructor on board the aircraft) a student pilot must be at least 16 years of age, and most hold at least a third class medical certificate. Student pilots are not permitted to carry passengers with them, are restricted regarding when and where they may fly, and may not fly without the prior knowledge and permission of their flight instructor.