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I am 14 and i really want to learn how to fly. I know that it can be expensive and about the age restictions for soloing and getting your liceanse. So what I'm asking is, is know the time to start with lessons or should I wait until I'm closer to 16 or 17 get started.
Start! I have a student that started when she was 13, and we plan to solo her on her 16th birthday in September. The restrictions are pretty straightforward - for powered flight, you must be 16 to solo and 17 to get your private certificate. For gliders, I believe you can be 14 and get your certificate (double-check the Federal Aviation Regulations on that one - mine aren't handy at the moment). Take look around this site for my login and you'll find I have other posts regarding this topic.
The biggest thing at your age is to learn good, safe habits, keep up your school work (flying is addictive!), read as much as you can get your hands on, and be glad you have supportive parents.
Good luck and keep us posted.
welcome to the sky!!
Bob's advice is good, as always. I'd add only that you join the Civil Air Patrol (You can find a local chapter in the white pages). It is a fine Air Force Auxiliary with a cadet program that will teach you much for a very low cost.
Whooops! Forgot about CAP! While I'm thinking of it, check into the Air Force high school ROTC while you're at it. This is a career-oriented organization, and your desires may lead you elsewhere, but it doesn't hurt to look into it.
...what part of the AIM state that it is LEGAL for a 13-year-old to become a student pilot??
Make it a habit to check your fuel gauges to ensure the tanks are even.
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