fllcontinental
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Flight Schools For 13-year Olds?

Sun Nov 11, 2007 3:01 pm

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.

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DeltaAVL
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RE: Flight Schools For 13-year Olds?

Sun Nov 11, 2007 4:37 pm

Hi,

There's really no point in taking flying lessons at age 13 - the youngest one can solo is 15, and the youngest one can get their PPL is 17. He should wait until he's at least 14 and a half.
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RE: Flight Schools For 13-year Olds?

Sun Nov 11, 2007 4:51 pm

Quoting DeltaAVL (Reply 1):
the youngest one can solo is 15,

16 is the solo age.

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.
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RE: Flight Schools For 13-year Olds?

Sun Nov 11, 2007 7:43 pm

Quoting Futurecaptain (Reply 2):
16 is the solo age.

Oh, yeah, you're right. Don't know why I was thinking 15.
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RE: Flight Schools For 13-year Olds?

Thu Nov 15, 2007 11:45 am

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):

Students Pilots
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.

Private Pilot-Glider
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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RE: Flight Schools For 13-year Olds?

Thu Nov 15, 2007 7:35 pm



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!

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