3MilesToWRO wrote:Hello. Could you, US English speakers, explain to me a sentence said by a Florida flight instructor to a student? I don't quite get the meaning of "medical" in it, it's a bit too colloquial, I guess. The sentence is:
"If you got yourself a medical I'd have soloed you in a couple of days."
(By the way, it comes from cpt. Dickinson's book, if anyone is interested.)
Woodreau wrote:If it’s from a book, there was a time long ago in the US during simpler times, you could take flight lessons before receiving a student pilot certificate.
The student pilot certificate and medical certificate used to be on the same form. So when you went to get your medical certificate, the other side was the student pilot certificate. You need both to solo.
So you would fly and train. And at some point before you solo you got your medical and student pilot,certificate. It appears that the student pilot was ready to solo, but because he didn’t have a medical certificate, he also didn’t have a student pilot certificate and so the instructor couldn’t let him solo.
Today the student pilot certificate is no longer issued with the medical certificate. So the context is lost.
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