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Student Pilot Flight Training
Is it difficult to fly an aircraft?
When may I begin to fly?
Is flying safe?
If engine failure occurs, what will happen?
Is there a set number of flight instructional hours I will receive before I solo?
What should I know about Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) prior to my first solo?
What does an appropriate logbook endorsement for solo mean?
When is the first solo endorsement required?
What is the difference between a Recreational Pilot Certificate and a Private Pilot Certificate?
Does a student pilot automatically have the privilege of cross-country flying after soloing?
As a student pilot, am I permitted to carry passengers prior to receipt of my Recreational Pilot Certificate or Private Pilot Certificate?
Must I have a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) radiotelephone operator’s permit to operate an aircraft radio transmitter?
   
Student Pilot Requirements: Medical and Student Pilot Certificates
When do I need a Student Pilot Certificate?
How do I obtain a Student Pilot Certificate?
What are the requirements for a Student Pilot Certificate?
How long are my Student Pilot and medical certificates valid?
Can my Student Pilot Certificate be renewed?
If my original Student Pilot Certificate has been endorsed for solo, do I lose this endorsement on my new certificate?
Should my flight instructor endorse my Student Pilot Certificate before or after my first solo flight?
If I solo in more than one make and model aircraft, must I have an endorsement for each on my Student Pilot Certificate?
Does the endorsement to solo permit me to make solo cross-country flights?
Must I carry my Student Pilot Certificate when I am piloting an aircraft in solo flight?
Is there a charge for the Student Pilot Certificate?
When do I need a medical certificate?
If required, how do I get a medical certificate?
Where do I get my medical certificate?
Where can I get a list of FAA-authorized aviation medical examiners?
When required, what class of medical certificate must a student pilot have?
If I have a physical disability, is there any provision for obtaining a medical certificate?
Must I have my medical certificate, when I am piloting an aircraft in solo flight?
   
The Recreational Pilot and Private Pilot Knowledge Test
What is the age requirement to take the recreational pilot or private pilot knowledge test?
How should I prepare for the knowledge test?
What document or documents must I present prior to taking a knowledge test?
If I fail the knowledge test, is there any way to determine the areas in which I need additional work so I can study for a retest?
If I pass the knowledge test, will I receive the same information concerning areas in which I need additional work as I would if I failed the test?
How long is a satisfactorily completed knowledge test valid?
   
Recreational and Private Pilot Practical Tests
Prior to taking the practical test, what aeronautical experience must I have?
Must I provide the aircraft for my practical test?
What papers and documents must I present prior to my practical test?
What pilot maneuvers are required on the practical test, and how will my performance of these operations be evaluated?
What is the minimum age requirement for a a Recreational Pilot Certificate or Private Pilot Certificate?
When can I take the recreational pilot or private pilot practical test?
Where can I take the practical test?
Is there any charge for taking the practical test?
May I exercise the privileges of my pilot certificate immediately after passing my practical test or must I wait until I receive the actual pilot certificate?
Is there a charge for the pilot certificate?

Student Pilot Flight Training
Q: Is it difficult to fly an aircraft?
A:

No. It is not particularly difficult. As a beginning student pilot, you will do most of the actual flying (handling the controls of the aircraft).

 

Q: When may I begin to fly?
A:

Immediately. However, you will need to apply for certain certificates, as described in this guide, in preparation for solo flight.

Q: Is flying safe?
A:

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

Q: If engine failure occurs, what will happen?
A:

Modern aircraft engines are very reliable, and complete engine failure is a rare occurrence. If the improbable does happen, you will not “fall out of the sky.” Just do what the instructor had you practice during lessons—select a good landing area and land.

Q: Is there a set number of flight instructional hours I will receive before I solo?
A:

No. The instructor will not allow you to solo until you have learned to perform certain maneuvers. These maneuvers include safe takeoffs and landings. You must be able to maintain positive control of the aircraft at all times and to use good judgment.

Q: What should I know about Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) prior to my first solo?
A:

Your flight instructor will determine that you are familiar with appropriate portions of 14 CFR part 61, the general and visual flight rules of 14 CFR part 91, and will administer and grade a presolo written test prior to solo endorsement. The presolo written test will also include questions on the flight characteristics and operational limitations of the make and model aircraft to be flown.

Q: What does an appropriate logbook endorsement for solo mean?
A:

It means a verification by an authorized flight instructor showing that on the date specified, the student was given dual instruction and found competent to make solo flights.

Q: When is the first solo endorsement required?
A:

A student pilot must have a first solo endorsement dated within 90 days prior to any solo flight.

Q: What is the difference between a Recreational Pilot Certificate and a Private Pilot Certificate?
A:

The recreational pilot has fewer privileges than the private pilot. The holder of a Recreational Pilot Certificate is allowed to fly an aircraft within 50 nautical miles from the airport where instruction was received and cannot operate in airspace where communications with air traffic control are required. Since qualification training in these areas is not required, a person should be able to obtain a Recreational Pilot Certificate in fewer flight hours than required for a Private Pilot Certificate. All privileges and limitations of the Recreational Pilot Certificate are listed in 14 CFR part 61, section 101.

Q: Does a student pilot automatically have the privilege of cross-country flying after soloing?
A:

No. An instructor must have reviewed the pilot’s preflight planning and preparation for solo cross-country flight and determine that the flight can be made safely under the known circumstances and conditions. The instructor must endorse the student pilot’s logbook prior to each cross-country flight, stating the pilot is considered competent to make the flight. Under certain conditions, an instructor may authorize repeated solo flights over a given route.

Q: As a student pilot, am I permitted to carry passengers prior to receipt of my Recreational Pilot Certificate or Private Pilot Certificate?
A:

No.

Q: Must I have a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) radiotelephone operator’s permit to operate an aircraft radio transmitter?
A:

No.

 

Student Pilot Requirements:
Medical and Student Pilot Certificates

Q: When do I need a Student Pilot Certificate?
A:

Prior to solo flight.

Q: How do I obtain a Student Pilot Certificate?
A:

Upon your request, a combination medical certificate and Student Pilot Certificate will be issued by an FAA-authorized aviation medical examiner upon the satisfactory completion of your physical examination. Student Pilot Certificates may be issued by an FAA inspector or an FAA-designated pilot examiner. Applicants who fail to meet certain requirements or who have physical disabilities which might limit, but not prevent, their acting as pilots should contact their local FSDO.

Q: What are the requirements for a Student Pilot Certificate?
A:

To be eligible for a Student Pilot Certificate, a person must:

(1) be at least 16 years of age, except for the operation of a glider or balloon, in which case the applicant must be at least 14 years of age;

(2) be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language; and

(3) hold at least a current third-class medical certificate, except for a glider or balloon flight.

Q: How long are my Student Pilot and medical certificates valid?
A:

The Student Pilot Certificate will expire at the end of the 24th month after the month in which it was issued. The third-class medical certificate will expire at the end of the 36th month after the month in which it was issued. Medical certificates issued after the age of 40, expire at the end of the 24th month in which it was issued.

Q: Can my Student Pilot Certificate be renewed?
A:

No, but a new Student Pilot Certificate may be issued by an:

(1) FAA-authorized aviation medical examiner, upon completion of the required examination; or

(2) FAA inspector or FAA-designated pilot examiner if you already hold a valid medical certificate or if you are not required to hold a medical certificate.

Q: If my original Student Pilot Certificate has been endorsed for solo, do I lose this endorsement on my new certificate?
A:

The endorsements are still valid, but are not transferred to the new certificate. Retain the old certificate as a record of these endorsements.

Q: Should my flight instructor endorse my Student Pilot Certificate before or after my first solo flight?
A:

The endorsement on the Student Pilot Certificate certifying that the holder is competent to solo must be made by the flight instructor prior to the first solo flight.

Q: If I solo in more than one make and model aircraft, must I have an endorsement for each on my Student Pilot Certificate?
A:

Yes. Your flight instructor must make this endorsement prior to the first solo flight in each make and model aircraft.

Q: Does the endorsement to solo permit me to make solo cross-country flights?
A:

No. Your flight instructor must specifically endorse your Student Pilot Certificate to permit cross-country flights.

Q: Must I carry my Student Pilot Certificate when I am piloting an aircraft in solo flight?
A:

Yes. The certificate should be in your physical possession or readily accessible.

Q: Is there a charge for the Student Pilot Certificate?
A:

When the Student Pilot Certificate is issued by a FSDO, there is no charge. An FAA-designated pilot examiner is allowed to charge a reasonable fee for issuing Student Pilot Certificates, and processing the necessary reports. The FAA-authorized aviation medical examiner will charge a fee for the physical examination in connection with issuing the combination medical and Student Pilot Certificate.

Q: When do I need a medical certificate?
A:

You will need a medical certificate prior to solo flight if you are operating an airplane, helicopter, gyroplane, or airship. It is suggested you obtain your medical certificate prior to beginning flight training. This will assure you are aware of any condition which could prevent you from obtaining a medical certificate prior to making a financial investment in flight training.

Q: If required, how do I get a medical certificate?
A:

By passing a physical examination administered by a doctor who is an FAA-authorized aviation medical examiner.

Q: Where do I get my medical certificate?
A:

From any FAA-authorized aviation medical examiner. There are numerous doctors who are FAA-authorized aviation medical examiners.

Q: Where can I get a list of FAA-authorized aviation medical examiners?
A:

The FAA publishes a directory which lists all FAA-authorized aviation medical examiners by name and address. Copies of this directory are available at all FSDO’s, air traffic control facilities, and flight service stations. Airport managers and some aviation operators may also be able to supply this information.

Q: When required, what class of medical certificate must a student pilot have?
A:

Third-class, although any class will suffice. Medical certificates are designated as first-class, second-class, or third-class. Generally, the first-class is designed for the airline transport pilot; the second-class for the commercial pilot; and the third-class for the student, recreational, and private pilot.

Q: If I have a physical disability, is there any provision for obtaining a medical certificate?
A:

Yes. Medical certificates can be issued in many cases where physical disabilities are involved. Depending upon the certificate held and the nature of the disability, operating limitations may be imposed. If you have any questions, contact an FAA-authorized aviation medical examiner prior to beginning flight training.

Q: Must I have my medical certificate, when I am piloting an aircraft in solo flight?
A:

Yes. The certificate should be in your physical possession or readily accessible.

 

The Recreational Pilot and Private Pilot Knowledge Tests

Q: What is the age requirement to take the recreational pilot or private pilot knowledge test?
A:

An applicant must be at least 15 years of age to take the test, although applicants for the balloon or glider tests must be 14 years of age. Prior to taking the knowledge test, an applicant shall be asked to present a birth certificate or other official documentation as evidence of meeting the age requirement.

Q: How should I prepare for the knowledge test?
A:

To adequately prepare for the knowledge test, your instructor should review with you:

(1) 14 CFR part 61, section 97 (if preparing for the recreational pilot knowledge test); or

(2) 14 CFR part 61, section 105 (if preparing for the private pilot knowledge test).

The regulations require an applicant to have logged ground training from an authorized instructor, or to present evidence of having from an authorized instructor, or to present evidence of having a course in the knowledge areas appropriate to the category and class aircraft for the rating sought.

Q: What document or documents must I present prior to taking a knowledge test?
A:

An applicant for a knowledge test must present appropriate personal identification. The identification must include a photograph of the applicant, the applicant’s signature, and the applicant’s actual residential address (if different from the mailing address). This information may be presented in more than one form. The applicant must also present one of the following:

(1) A certificate of graduation from an FAA-approved pilot school or pilot training course appropriate to the certificate or rating sought, or a statement of accomplishment from the school certifying the satisfactory completion of the ground-school portion of such a course.

(2) A written statement or logbook endorsement from an FAA-certificated ground or flight instructor, certifying that the applicant has satisfactorily completed an applicable ground training or home-study course and is prepared for the knowledge test.

(3) A certificate of graduation or statement of accomplishment from a ground-school course appropriate to the certificate or rating sought conducted by an agency, such as a high school, college, adult education program, the Civil Air Patrol, or an ROTC Flight Training Program.

(4) A certificate of graduation from a home-study course developed by the aeronautical enterprise providing the study material. The certificate of graduation must correspond to the FAA knowledge test for the certificate or rating sought. The aeronautical enterprise providing the course of study must also supply a comprehensive knowledge test which can be scored as evidence that the student has completed the course of study. When the student satisfactorily completes the knowledge test, it is sent to the course provider for scoring by an FAA-certificated ground or flight instructor. The instructor personally evaluates the test and attests to the student’s knowledge of the subjects presented in the course. Upon satisfactory completion, a graduation certificate is sent to the student.

(5) In the event of retesting after a failure, the applicant must present the unsatisfactory Airman Test Report. If the applicant elects to retest for a higher score, the satisfactory Airman Test Report must be surrendered to the test administrator.

Q: If I fail the knowledge test, is there any way to determine the areas in which I need additional work so I can study for a retest?
A:

Yes. You will receive an Airman Test Report from the testing center. The test report will contain your test score and will also list the subject matter knowledge codes for the areas in which you were deficient. An outline of the subject matter knowledge codes is located in the appendix of the appropriate knowledge test guide. A knowledge test guide, provides information for obtaining authorization to take a knowledge tests, and there is a guide for each category/rating. The knowledge test guide provides lists of reference materials and subject matter knowledge codes, and a list of computer testing designees (CTD’s). Refer to the Knowledge Test Guides Available section on page 10, for a listing of knowledge test guides available.

Q: If I pass the knowledge test, will I receive the same information concerning areas in which I need additional work as I would if I failed the test?
A:

Yes. (Refer to the previous answer.)

Q: How long is a satisfactorily completed knowledge test valid?
A:

2 years. A satisfactorily completed knowledge test expires at the end of the day of the 24th month after the month in which it was taken. If a practical test is not satisfactorily completed during that period, another knowledge test must be taken.

 

Recreational Pilot And Private Pilot Practical Tests

Q: Prior to taking the practical test, what aeronautical experience must I have?
A:

The specific aeronautical experience requirements are outlined in 14 CFR part 61. For the Recreational Pilot Certificate requirements, refer to section 99. For the Private Pilot Certificate requirements, refer to section 109.

Q: Must I provide the aircraft for my practical test?
A:

Yes. An applicant must provide an airworthy aircraft with equipment relevant to the AREAS OF OPERATION required for the practical test.

Q: What papers and documents must I present prior to my practical test?
A:

The applicant will be asked to present:

(1) FAA Form 8710-1, Application for an Airman Certificate and/or Rating, with the flight instructor’s recommendation;

(2) an Airman Test Report with a satisfactory grade;

(3) a medical certificate (not required for glider or balloon), and a Student Pilot Certificate endorsed by a flight instructor for solo, solo cross-country (airplane and rotorcraft), and for the make and model aircraft to be used for the practical test;

(4) the pilot log book records; and

(5) a graduation certificate from an FAA-approved school (if applicable).

The applicant will be asked to produce and explain the:

(1) aircraft’s Registration Certificate;

(2) aircraft’s Airworthiness Certificate;

(3) aircraft’s operating limitations or FAA-approved aircraft flight manual (if required);

(4) aircraft equipment list;

(5) required weight and balance data;

(6) maintenance records; and

(7) applicable Airworthiness Directives.

Q: What pilot maneuvers are required on the practical test, and how will my performance of these operations be evaluated?
A:

If a detailed explanation of the required pilot maneuvers and performance standards is desired, refer to either the recreational pilot or private pilot practical test standards. The practical test standards may be purchased from the Superintendent of Documents or U.S. Government Printing Office bookstores. Refer to pages 6 and 7, of this guide, for directions.

Q: What is the minimum age requirement for a a Recreational Pilot Certificate or Private Pilot Certificate?
A:

An applicant must be 17 years of age. Although, applicants for the private pilot glider or free balloon rating may be 16 years of age.

Q: When can I take the recreational pilot or private pilot practical test?
A:

14 CFR part 61 establishes the ground school and flight experience requirements for the Recreational Pilot Certificate and Private Pilot Certificate. However, your flight instructor can best determine when you are qualified for the practical test. You instructor should take you through a practice practical test.

Q: Where can I take the practical test?
A:

Due to the varied responsibilities of the FSDO’s, practical tests are given by pilot examiners designated by FSDOs. You should schedule your practical test by an appointment to avoid conflicts and wasted time. A list of examiner names can be obtained from your local FSDO.

Q: Is there any charge for taking the practical test?
A:

Since an FAA-designated pilot examiner serves without pay from the government for conducting practical tests and processing the necessary reports, the FAA-designated pilot examiner is allowed to charge a reasonable fee. However, there is no charge for the practical test when conducted by an FAA inspector.

Q: May I exercise the privileges of my pilot certificate immediately after passing my practical test or must I wait until I receive the actual pilot certificate?
A:

The examiner will issue a temporary pilot certificate which is effective for a specific time period. This temporary pilot certificate is issued to a qualified applicant after successful completion of the practical test pending a review of qualifications and the issuance of a permanent certificate by the Administrator. The permanent certificate is issued to an applicant found qualified, and a denial is issued to an applicant found not qualified.

Q: Is there a charge for the pilot certificate?
A:

No. There is no charge for any original certificate issued by the FAA. However, fees will be charged by the FAA-authorized aviation medical examiner for the medical examination and by the FAA-designated pilot examiner for conducting the practical test. The FAA does charge to replace any pilot or medical certificate.