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How Old Do You Have To Be To Pass Your Ppl?

Thu Nov 15, 2001 3:44 am

 SmileHi everyone! Smile

I am a young enthusiast, and would like to get my PPL asap!
I just wanted to know how old you have to be to start taking lessons and how old you have to be to pass your PPL?

Thanks for any help!

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RE: How Old Do You Have To Be To Pass Your Ppl?

Thu Nov 15, 2001 4:10 am

Depends from country to country but with most its around a minimum of 16 i think?
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RE: How Old Do You Have To Be To Pass Your Ppl?

Thu Nov 15, 2001 4:40 am

Someone told me that you have to be 14 to pass your PPL.
Is this true? I thought it's a little young!
 
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RE: How Old Do You Have To Be To Pass Your Ppl?

Thu Nov 15, 2001 5:30 am

You can start training for your PPL at 14 in the UK but you cannot fly solo untill you are 16 therefore you must be at least 16 to pass

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RE: How Old Do You Have To Be To Pass Your Ppl?

Thu Nov 15, 2001 5:35 am

In the USA its 16 to solo and 17 to take the checkride I think.

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RE: How Old Do You Have To Be To Pass Your Ppl?

Fri Nov 16, 2001 2:01 am

hmmm, not sure about that. When I did mine I was 17, and seem to remember being told that you can't go solo until you're 17 in Britain. However one of my sources who I just called said it was 16, but the CAA won't issue a PPL until your 17th birthday. Right or not?
 
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RE: How Old Do You Have To Be To Pass Your Ppl?

Fri Nov 16, 2001 3:36 am

UK
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14 to train
16 to solo
17 to pass GFT
 
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RE: How Old Do You Have To Be To Pass Your Ppl?

Fri Nov 16, 2001 5:12 am

Thanks a lot for your replies!
I cant wait to start my training!

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RE: How Old Do You Have To Be To Pass Your Ppl?

Fri Nov 16, 2001 6:53 am

.. and while you wait, why not take the Glider PPL? You can take that a few years before the "normal" PPL, and the experience you gain would be invaluable in case of a dead engine (or 4 Big grin).
 
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RE: How Old Do You Have To Be To Pass Your Ppl?

Sun Nov 18, 2001 6:01 am

CPH-R Good point, thats what an instructor said to me. Its also cheaper.... Although I havent got round to it yet.....
 
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RE: How Old Do You Have To Be To Pass Your Ppl?

Mon Nov 19, 2001 8:52 am

In the USA, I'm not sure what the age to start training is, but you have to be 16 to solo and 17 to take your private.
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RE: How Old Do You Have To Be To Pass Your Ppl?

Fri Nov 23, 2001 3:58 pm

If you want to start early, you can look into gliders, the age requirement to solo in a glider (or balloon) is 14, and 16 to earn your private pilot's license (glider). When you turn 17, then it's just a matter of adding on your single engine rating.

You'll already know how to fly the airplane when you learn with a glider, it's now just a matter of figuring out how to use the engine and deal with all the emergencies relating to the loss of that engine.

With a glider the only emergency you have to worry about is if the towplane breaks, other than that the only other emergency I can think if is if you have to go to the bathroom really bad, b/c your control of the glider is inversely related to how bad you need to go  Smile

We have one girl at our airport who's soloed at 15 and got her private glider pilot's license the day she turned 16 after her checkride. (A neat b/d present me thinks.)

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RE: How Old Do You Have To Be To Pass Your Ppl?

Sat Nov 24, 2001 2:01 am

I'm 14 at the moment and would like to start training now.
Is this possible in a plane? (Not glider)

Thanks for all your replies!

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RE: How Old Do You Have To Be To Pass Your Ppl?

Sat Nov 24, 2001 2:33 am

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Training: not sure, 16 i think (you can start theory earlier)
Solo: 16
License: 18

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RE: How Old Do You Have To Be To Pass Your Ppl?

Sat Nov 24, 2001 4:08 am

In the US, you can start training anytime, you just need to find a flight instructor who would be willing to train you, the search may be the hardest part. One of the things I look for is maturity/judgement of the individual. I also try to find out the motivation.

BUT you cannot solo until you are 16 b/c you need a student pilot's certificate to solo, and one of the requirements for a student pilot certificate is you need to be 16 (or 14 for gliders/balloon). And you won't be able to get your private pilot's license (fixed, rotary, or powered-lift) until you are 17.

I have seen two students (both 14) start powered aircraft training and are waiting until their 16th birthday to solo, so it is possible.

And then there is Jen who just decided she couldn't wait that long and got her glider license on her 16th birthday and now that she's moved on to powered aircraft, she flies powered aircraft pretty well as a student based on her year-and a half of glider experience and got her solo endorsement very quickly after her 16th birthday.


Good luck
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RE: How Old Do You Have To Be To Pass Your Ppl?

Sun Nov 25, 2001 10:11 am

in the US 17 I believe
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