Fllcontinental From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 344 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 14616 times:
Hi, my family and I live in south florida between FLL and MIA. My son is very intrested in flying and wants to learn to fly at an early age. He is 13 years old. Are there any local flight schools that he can go to on weekends as he has school during the week.
And I agree,13 is pretty young to start flight training. There is only so far he can go at this age and you will probably end up spending more money overall on his flight training than you would if you wait another 3 years and start.
Goldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6144 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 14527 times:
Perhaps you could look into a glider rating? He'll be able to start soloing earlier. However, there is a downside in that, if he wants to go to powered flight, he would have to take the written test all over again.
Minimums for sailplanes (Courtesy of SSA):
Student pilots may solo at a minimum age of 14 with a student certificate endorsed for solo flight at the discretion of a FAA-Certified Flight Instructor for Gliders (CFIG). Generally, 30 to 40 flights with a CFIG are required to solo. This is roughly equivalent to 10-12 hours of flight time and is dependent upon the progress of the student.
After solo, student pilots may qualify as a Private Pilot-Glider provided they:
Are at least 16 years of age; and
Have logged at least 10 hours of flight time in a glider and that flight time must include at least 20 total glider flights, and
Have 2 hours of solo flight time in a glider, and
Have passed the FAA written examination; and
Have passed the flight exam with a FAA Examiner.
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Pilotboi From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2366 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 14513 times:
Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 4): Perhaps you could look into a glider rating? He'll be able to start soloing earlier.
That's a great way to start learning and getting up there. I wish I had knew about this, but when I did learn about it, it was only 3 months till I started coming to ERAU, so there wasn't much of a point anymore. I definately recommend trying out gliding first, if he's really interested in flight. It's great that he wants to start, hope he becomes a great pilot!