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Can you study for the written license test online?

I would like to get a PPL at some point. However, because of costs, that's likely to be years in the future, if ever. I know I'll take a course that covers what's on the written test as part of ...
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Can I get an EASA Class 1 Medical with a cured depression?

I had depressions and from January this year to last week I took escitalopram 10mg daily. I want to be a pilot and apply to the european flight academy at the end of 2025. Is this a problem to get my ...
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Is a foreign flight review sufficient to keep FAA currency for an FAA foreign-based PPL?

I have a foreign-based PPL issued by the FAA. According to the regulation of my original (non-FAA) PPL, I am required to accomplish a biennial flight review with an authorized instructor in my country....
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Illegal flying - does anyone ever ask to see your license?

This video tells the story of a pilot who, according to government records: [Committed] four counts of identity theft related to his use of the victim pilot’s passport and personally identifying ...
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Can I get an FAA instrument rating if I hold a private certificate based on a foreign license?

I have an EASA PPL/Medical with VFR privileges only. I have an FAA license which is based upon the EASA license. I’ve lived in the US for 5 years and would like to obtain an IR. Can I get an FAA IR ...
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Can you be a pilot with level 1 ASD?

I'm not 100% sure, but I think I have level 1 autism spectrum disorder (formerly called "high-functioning autism" or "Asperger's syndrome"). I have never been diagnosed, and I have ...
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Is an engineering degree necessary to become a pilot after CPL?

Recently, I was wondering if I could directly go to an aviation school after I'm 18 to pursue my career as a pilot. But, asking some people I was told that I would need some sort of an engineering ...
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Do only 0.3% of U.S. air force applicants become fighter pilots?

Here, it says only 3 out of 1000 that apply become fighter pilots. Is this statistic true? (It seems like a very low percentage) If so what is the main difference between the 3 compared to the ...
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Is ICL Surgery Approved by DGCA in India?

In India, my physical doesn't look like a good fit for Laser Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis, LASIK, but I am considering the Implantable Collamer Lens, ICL. I am not sure if the ICL be approved by ...
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Will a cell phone violation interfere with getting my pilots license?

Today I received a traffic ticket for using my cell phone while driving. This is the only ticket I have. Will this interfere with getting a pilot license?
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What aircraft can an NPPL SSEA holder fly?

I want to add an SSEA rating to my NPPL license (currently with a Microlight rating) so that I can fly 4 seats. Wikipedia for the NPPL says: NPPL holders may not: fly non-UK registered aircraft fly &...
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What is the differences training syllabus for a Microlight rating to an SSEA rating?

Have looked around for this, but struggling to find the answer. I have an NPPL (UK) license with a Microlight rating. I want to get the SSEA rating so I can fly 4 seat aircraft without basically ...
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What is the best route to convert my easa licence and ratings to FAA equal?

I currently hold an EASA frozen ATPl, CPL, MEP, SEP, IR, CFI, APS MCC, UPRT,.... . I converted my PPL A licence to FAA PPL with the SEP rating. Now I wonder what the best route is to convert all the ...
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When did the United States stop issuing pilot "licenses" (and start issuing "certificates")?

The first document issued by the US federal government authorizing a person to fly an aircraft was issued on April 6, 1927 by the Aeronautics Branch of the Department of Commerce, and it is called a ...
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Applying back in the US as foreign with FAA Licenses

Just for context I’m currently sitting at about 250~ hours and applying to airlines back in South America. I did my training in the USA, therefore I have my instrument rating, MEL rating, and ...
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Do logged hours really reflect ability? [duplicate]

I was recently flying with an ex commercial pilot. He told me that the only person he'd flown with that was worse at maintaining a heading was another ex A320 pilot with 20k+ hours. His reasoning was ...
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What's the rationale for requiring ATP applicants to be at least 23 years old?

The FAA requires pilots to be at least 23 years old to acquire an ATP. But what's the rationale for this rule? I can understand why has to retire at the age of 65 but why can't we have an 18 year old ...
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Medical requirements for becoming a Pilot

I’m currently a junior in high school and I would love to pursue being a comercial pilot as a career. The thing is I have a medical condition called EoE. It’s basically when I eat something I’m ...
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As a holder of a private pilot license foreign based, can I continue my training to commercial?

I have currently acquired permanent residency and want to continue my career in aviation. My private pilot license in the USA is foreign based, can I take the commercial pilot course normally or do I ...
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What's the most cost effective way to keep a PPL current with Ultralights?

I hold an NPPL(m) - which is a UK license for Micro/Ultralights only. I wish to "upgrade" (sadly there is no formal upgrade path) to a PPL so that on occasion, I can hire 4 seaters. My ...
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What are some of the easter eggs on the FAA pilot license?

I know that the back of the card has a hidden speech along the Wright brother's collars and the Wright flyer's frame. Also, if you shine a black light on the card, there's an (invisible to the naked ...
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I have a commercial rotorcraft student and he wants to get rated in an airplane

My new student has his commercial rotorcraft. He is working on his ASEL and he already has most of the experience requirements for PPL. Since he is already commercial rated wouldnt he be taking his ...
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Two Plastic ATP Certs?

I recently got typed in the CL-65 and received my restricted ATP certification. I can’t figure out why but apparently due to the amount of limitations such as PIC in accordance with 61.167 and vmc ...
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Can you lose your pilot's certificate if you are convicted of a non-violent misdemeanor that doesn't involve drugs or alcohol?

Can you lose your certificate, or be denied additional ratings, if you are convicted of a non-violent misdemeanor that doesn't involve drugs or alcohol?
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will my pilot's license be considered "Frozen ATPL"?

I am a CPL(A) commercial pilot license holder with MEP and IR ratings. This CPL(A) has been issued by an ICAO Member State under the rules of Annex 1 to the Chicago Convention. This country is not a ...
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Radiotelephony certificates in Germany: to get AZF do i need BZF first?

I've been asked by LBA (German Civil Aviation Authority) to acquire the general radio telephony certificate (AZF) in order to convert my FAA ATP to a German EASA ATPL. Can I get the AZF immediately or ...
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What are the consequences of flying GA without a license (certificate)?

As far as I can tell, in the U.S., 49 USC 46317(a) makes flying without a proper certificate a crime punishable by fine and/or imprisonment. However, the FAA is a regulatory agency, which means it ...
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What was the first law requiring licensing or certification for pilots?

What was the first law passed by a government (e.g. not a private organization's policy) requiring some kind of licensing or certifications for civilian pilots?
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Would the Wright Flyer be considered ASEL or AMEL?

The Wright Flyer had two propellers driven from one engine. Aside from airworthiness issues, would an ASEL or AMEL rating be needed to fly it? What about the opposite design, with two engines powering ...
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How can I get a report from the FAA stating that I haven't had any accidents?

To validate my FAA licence in Argentina and fly aircraft with LV tail numbers they require some documents, one of which is a report that states that I haven't been in any accidents. This report must ...
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What's the most commonly used circling approach procedure in the US National Airspace System?

As the title says: which of the many circling approaches in the US National Airspace System holds the title of "circling approach that is flown most frequently?" My guess is it's the KTEB ...
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Cross crediting experience: Holder of ATC Instructor’s Qualification to NPPL(A) (SSEA)

I formerly held an ATC Instructor’s Qualification valid for the Vigilant Motor Glider through the RAF Volunteer Gliding Squadron System. I was a B1 Instructor until 2014 with 440 hours. I would now ...
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What's the reason for not allowing private pilots to get paid for their services?

As per a recent answer: A Private Pilot certificate removes a lot of the restrictions of the recreational cert. You're no longer restricted in where you can fly*, the number of passengers you can ...
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What do the terms 'holding out' and 'common carriage' mean?

A pilot with a new commercial certificate is excited at the new world of getting-paid-to-fly they have opened up. That is, until their instructor or good friend reminds them of 14 CFR 119 and the ...
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Is there any reason not to get a student pilot certificate now?

I hope to get a PPL, IR, and possibly CPL someday. It looks like obtaining a student pilot certificate does not require anything except being 16 or older, knowing English, and completing a free ...
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Why require a minimum of 1500 hours to become an airline pilot?

In the United States, under part 61 standards for pilot certifications, for a person to apply for an airline transport pilot certificate one of the aeronautical experience minimums is a minimum of ...
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Was the first US government-issued pilot license issued in 1927 or '28?

The top image says it was issued April 6, 1928, while the bottom one says April 6, 1927. Are these two different documents issued a year apart, or is there a discrepancy?
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What class are amphibious aircraft? [duplicate]

Are amphibious airplanes considered land or sea planes for pilot certification? Can an ASEL-only pilot fly an amphibious single-engine plane if (s)he only takes off and lands on land? Can an ASEL-only ...
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What does a medical certificate look like?

I can't find any images of a medical certificate other than the old version that was combined with the student pilot certificate. What do new medical certificates look like?
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Why are there so few recreational pilots?

There are far fewer holders of recreational pilot certificates than any other class. Why?
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Chinese citizens wanting to get a US pilot license?

I am surprised to see Chinese citizens wanting to get US PPL licenses. The pilot shortage in China does not require anyone to show up with a US pilot license to ask for work. What is driving this ...
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Why can some aircraft not fly near the north pole?

The Adiru on the Airbus 320 has an limit like 84°N latitude. What happens if the plane is flown above that latitude?
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How to convert an EASA ATPL(H) IR to ATPL(A)?

If you are holding an EASA ATPL(H) IR, how can you convert it into ATPL(A) and would you be able to credit your heli hours? As I've 400 hours and it would get longer to build hours with ATPL.
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Are the NPPL minimum annual hours really safe?

I am a Microlight pilot (Ultralight for U.S folks) with an NPPL(m) rating. The minimum requirements for bi-annual license renewal is: 12 hours flying 12 take-offs and landings 1 hour of instruction ...
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Is ATPL a universal license?

What I mean by ‘Universal’ is to be used anywhere. is this the case or do pilots flying between America and the UK just have both CAA and FAA ATPLs?
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Can a student pilot start flight training before they get their student pilot certificate and medical?

Let's say someone wants to start doing some flight training in the United States with the eventual goal of receiving a private pilot certificate. They have yet to get a medical certificate or student ...
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What are the requirements to get your private pilot certificate?

I am 15 right now and I want to get the Certificate/License when i am 17. (17 is the age right?) How much training do I need and is there any written tests etc? What kind of IFR training will be ...
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What should the back of my pilot certificate say?

I hold an ATP multi engine land rating, as well as a commercial single and multi. But the back of my card says Airline Transport Pilot Airplane Multiengine land Commercial Privileges Airplane single ...
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Is a flight instructor certificate on the same physical card as a pilot certificate?

Are a flight instructor certificate and commercial/airline transport pilot certificate printed on the same physical piece of plastic, or on two different ones?
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What type of pilot, if any, can use the legal title 'Captain'?

I came across a YouTube channel of a pilot who calls himself 'Captain [name]'... this guy is a Microlight pilot. It made me cringe. Anyway, it also got me wondering, what type of license, if any, ...

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