avgeekjohn
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Student Pilot Question

Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:46 pm

What's up y'all. I'm looking to clarify some US regulations for student pilots. I'm starting working towards my private license. I know that the FAA requires a student license, among other things, to fly solo, operate in Class B, etc, but I'm unsure if I need one to fly with an instructor. Before I do get my student license, can I get my dual hours with an instructor, or do I need a student license to do that too?
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GalaxyFlyer
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Re: Student Pilot Question

Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:04 pm

With an instructor, no student license required. BUT, you’ll need the medical and student license to solo which comes pretty quick. You ought get it done first.

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Crosswind787
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Re: Student Pilot Question

Wed Jul 17, 2019 2:06 pm

Yep galaxyflyer is correct. You don’t need anything immediately but usually around 20 hours you’ll solo and you’ll need the student license/medical to do so. If I remember correctly, the medical functions as your student license. It’s been years since I was in training so I’m not 100% sure. Good luck! Nothing like the feeling the first time the instructor tells you to taxi off the runway, they get out, and tell you you’re on your own for 3 laps around the pattern.
 
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Re: Student Pilot Question

Fri Jul 19, 2019 3:55 am

Crosswind787 wrote:
Yep galaxyflyer is correct. You don’t need anything immediately but usually around 20 hours you’ll solo and you’ll need the student license/medical to do so. If I remember correctly, the medical functions as your student license. It’s been years since I was in training so I’m not 100% sure.


To solo, you need the medical *and* student pilot's license. It may have been different in the past, but now they are two different things and you need both. All the info is here: https://www.faa.gov/pilots/become/student_cert/
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N1120A
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Re: Student Pilot Question

Sat Jul 20, 2019 1:28 am

You need a sign off from a CFI in IACRA to get your student pilot certificate. As others have said, you need a medical and a student pilot certificate to solo, in addition to an endorsement. The medical used to serve as your certificate, but that isn't the case anymore.
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avgeekjohn
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Re: Student Pilot Question

Sat Jul 20, 2019 11:49 pm

spacecadet wrote:
Crosswind787 wrote:
Yep galaxyflyer is correct. You don’t need anything immediately but usually around 20 hours you’ll solo and you’ll need the student license/medical to do so. If I remember correctly, the medical functions as your student license. It’s been years since I was in training so I’m not 100% sure.


To solo, you need the medical *and* student pilot's license. It may have been different in the past, but now they are two different things and you need both. All the info is here: https://www.faa.gov/pilots/become/student_cert/


Many thanks for the help y’all. It is appreciated.
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