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I believe I was misdiagnosed with ADHD when I was a small child. Can I get my private pilots licence?

There's a couple of things I want to get out of the way before I actually answer the question. First, I actually do have ADHD, confirmed via multiple tests, including an EEG. It was never any obstacle ...
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Are test pilots certified to fly all aircraft types?

Since you didn’t specify a jurisdiction, I’ll answer for the FAA. Others should be similar. Pilots must be rated for the category, class and (if applicable) type of aircraft. Category is pretty broad, ...
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Why does the FAA require special authorization to act as PIC in the North American T-28 Trojan?

As the T-28 is a vintage military surplus aircraft it is normally certificated in the Experimental-Exhibition category. For most aircraft in this category, there is no type rating in the traditional ...
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What kind of injury would force a Navy EA-6B pilot to stop flying and take a desk job?

Years ago I met a guy with an aerospace supplier I used to deal with in the US, who was a former instructor in the USN in the T-45 Goshawk. I asked him why he quit flying to do what he was doing, and ...
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Do pilots need a different license for each type of aircraft?

Not a different "license" but a different "type rating" - a subtle, but important, distinction. Although a 747 and a 787 have the same basic controls, controlling them through all ...
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What's the rationale for requiring ATP applicants to be at least 23 years old?

Brain development. An airline transport pilot has to deal not only with by-the-book situations, but also with situations that aren't going by the book. If they didn't, we'd have them replaced by AI ...
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What is the difference between a Mechanic and a Repairman?

The basic difference is that a mechanic can perform maintenance on any aircraft; a repairman can perform maintenance only on aircraft for their employer, or that they own. The full details are in 14 ...
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Can solo time be logged with a passenger?

No, solo means you're alone in the aircraft. 14 CFR 61.51(d) says: Except for a student pilot performing the duties of pilot in command of an airship requiring more than one pilot flight crewmember, ...
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What pilot certificates were needed to fly the Space Shuttle?

FAA considers space shuttle either a military aircraft or spacecraft and hence its rules don't apply on space shuttle. However, requirements to be a pilot for a space shuttle are: ... at least 1,...
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Are test pilots certified to fly all aircraft types?

I worked as a test pilot for my aerospace employer. I have a small collection of ratings, and for unusual operations, and for experimental equipment operations we use Letters of Authorization (LOA). ...
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What pilot certificates were needed to fly the Space Shuttle?

@Farhan covers the NASA requirements but legally, According to the FAA FAR's §460.5 Crew qualifications and training. .... (b) Each member of a flight crew must demonstrate an ability ...
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What kind of injury would force a Navy EA-6B pilot to stop flying and take a desk job?

Glaucoma would do it -- reduces peripheral vision almost immediately (that's often the cause for diagnosis, unless someone is having medical eye exams on the regular like a diabetic would), leads to ...
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How can I get a report from the FAA stating that I haven't had any accidents?

The FAA offers a dedicated website for requesting enforcement records at https://aie-pa.faa.gov/. Additional guidance from the FAA is available here: If you require a verification letter of your FAA ...
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Why does the ACS forbid activation of the stall warning during slow flight?

I attended the ACS webinar on June 25th. This is the response from Christopher Morris at the FAA. You can also read the FAQ on the FAA website. If the pilot recognizes the stall warning and ...
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What is the wording on outline of Wright Flyer on FAA pilot license?

"Without question, flight is represented by countless heroes who have stirred greatness in others. It was a dream that had been waiting to be realized for thousands of years, and chased by countless ...
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What's the rationale for requiring ATP applicants to be at least 23 years old?

I'm going to set aside the "18 year old captain" and approach this matter form an "18 year old airline transport pilot" point of view. It is well documented in medical science ...
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If I buy my own aircraft in which to earn my PPL, does my instructor need to be certified to fly the type of aircraft I own/am training in?

You are sort of correct. For the ground instruction for your basic Private Pilot Certificate, it would not really matter. For the actual flight instruction, the CFI has to be certificated for the ...
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What kind of injury would force a Navy EA-6B pilot to stop flying and take a desk job?

A bit more exotic incident would be the one that happened to Finnish Air Force test pilots about ten years ago: During a test flight of a "frankenplane" put together of two carcasses of F/A-...
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I am licensed as a Private Pilot, Airplane Multiengine Land, what do I need to do to be able to fly as PIC in a Single Engine Land aircraft?

No, you cannot. Just like an ASEL doesn't give you the ability to fly an AMEL, if you have an AMEL that doesn't give you ASEL privileges. Adding the ASEL shouldn't be that hard though, especially if ...
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Why do multi-engine privileges not propagate down to single-engine?

Just like having a SEL Commercial with a MEL PPL doesn't mean you can operate a MEL commercially. The certification requirements require the demonstration of particular maneuvers like a Chandelle ...
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Can I take friends flying with a private pilot glider license?

Glider PPL will suffice, did it yesterday and three or four times in the past three months. That's me in the back seat preparing to take a co-worker for her first glider ride in a Grob-103:
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Is it necessary to have my full name (including middle name) on my student pilot license?

Alright so here is the outcome: I called FSDO, spoke with a real nice guy who told me to give him a call if I couldn't handle this online. Called a zillion bureaucracies, all telling me to call ...
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Who checks that pilots have their licenses?

Just as people can go for quite a while driving without a license before they get caught, there is no certain way to catch somebody who goes flying without a license. There are various ways that it ...
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Can a PPL holder fly family and friends aboard an A380?

Yes. But you will still need instrument rating and ATPL theory as this is multi crew aircraft. The amount of learning will be the same as to get CPL. Maybe fees for the license will be lower but who ...
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What is the difference between a rating and a certificate?

@CrossRoads is sort of correct, but is off on the details. The comments cover some of it, and I’d like to clarify and add some detail. For purposes of airmen certification aircraft are divided into ...
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I am licensed as a Private Pilot, Airplane Multiengine Land, what do I need to do to be able to fly as PIC in a Single Engine Land aircraft?

You will need to take a checkride with a DPE (or FAA inspector) to be able to be pilot-in-command in an ASEL airplane. Since your license is AMEL only that is the only category and class or aircraft ...
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Why require a minimum of 1500 hours to become an airline pilot?

If I understand correctly, your main focus is the history of 61.159 and the literal question in your title: why does the FAA require 1500hrs for an ATP? The short answer is that the FAA was complying ...
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