• When do I need a student pilot’s certificate?
    • Before you can fly solo. However, you don’t need a student pilot’s certificate to take flying lessons.
  • Am I eligible for a student pilot’s certificate?
    • You are eligible if:
      • You are at least 16 years old. If you plan to pilot a glider or balloon, you must be at least 14 years old.
      • You can read, speak, and understand English AND:
      • You hold at least a current third-class medical certificate.
    • If you plan to pilot a glider or balloon, you only have to certify that you have no medical defect that would make you unable to pilot a glider or balloon.
  • How do I get a student pilot’s certificate?
    • Upon your request, an FAA-authorized aviation medical examiner will issue you a combined medical certificate and Student Pilot Certificate after you complete your physical examination. Student Pilot Certificates may be issued by an FAA inspector or an FAA-designated pilot examiner. Applicants who fail to meet certain requirements or who have physical disabilities which might limit, but not prevent, their acting as pilots, should contact the nearest FAA office.
  • How long are my student pilot’s certificate and my medical certificate valid?
    • They expire 2 years from the date they were issued.
  • Can I renew my student certificate and medical certificate?
    • No, but you can get a new one.
  • If my original Student Pilot Certificate has been endorsed for solo flying, do I lose this endorsement on my new certificate?
    • No, the endorsements are still valid. However, they are not transferred to the new certificate. Keep the old certificate as a record of these endorsements.
  • Should my flight instructor endorse my student pilot’s certificate before or after my first solo flight?
    • Your instructor will endorse your certificate before your first solo flight.  This certificate shows that you are competent to fly solo.
  • Is there a charge for the student pilot’s certificate?
    • Not when it is issued by an FAA Flight Standards District Office. However, an FAA-designated pilot examiner can charge for issuing student pilot’s certificates. Also, an FAA-authorized aviation medical examiner can charge for your physical examination in connection with issuing the combination medical certificate and student pilot’s certificate.
  • If I solo in more than one make or model of aircraft, must I have an endorsement for each on my student pilot’s certificate? If so, who should endorse the certificate?
    • Yes. Your flight instructor must make this endorsement before you solo in each make or model of aircraft.
  • Does the endorsement to solo allow me to make solo cross-country flights?
    • No. You also have to get a cross-country flight endorsement from you flight instructor.
  • Must I carry my student pilot’s certificate with me when I am piloting an aircraft in solo flight?
    • Yes.  Your pilot’s certificate is just like your drivers license.  You are required to have it on you at all times.