Student Pilot

There are many different kinds of pilots. Some fly just for fun, others fly as a way to travel to their jobs, while some are career pilots who fly professionally to earn a living. Pilot certificates are earned through the successful completion of ground school, written examination, oral examination, and flight test. Pilot certificates do not expire; they are valid until surrendered, suspended, or revoked. In addition to a pilot certificate, pilots also must have a current medical certificate issued by an FAA-designated physician.

The first step towards a pilot license is the Student Pilot Certificate. Student Pilots learn to fly while working their way through the knowledge and flying skills needed to earn their Sport, Recreational, or Private Pilot Certificate. A Student Pilot’s flying privileges are very limited, but provide enough freedom to allow them to learn all of the basics, including standard airport-to-airport cross-country flying skills and interaction with air traffic control (ATC).

It is very easy to receive a Student Pilot Certificate. By successfully passing a FAA Class III Medical Exam, the medical examiner will issue the Student Pilot Certificate. To complete a FAA medical exam, find a registered FAA medical examiner.