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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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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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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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Is an engineering degree necessary to become a pilot after CPL?

A college degree or specifically an engineering one is not a legal requirement to become an airline pilot in any country that I know of. For military pilots, it's required, since pilot billets are ...
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What's the rationale for requiring ATP applicants to be at least 23 years old?

Outside of brain development and any issues of emotional maturity, there is a strong case to be made for confidence and competence due to quality and breadth of aviation experience gained over a ...
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Do logged hours really reflect ability?

Total hours is a good measure of skill, but perhaps not the best measure of skill. That is usually attributed to hours on type. Also important to note that, at least for this answer, I'm conflating &...
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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?

There is no specific provision for the FAA to revoke your certificate or deny you any further ones even for a non-violent felony, much less a misdemeanor, as long as it doesn't involve drugs or ...
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What was the first law requiring licensing or certification for pilots?

What was the first law requiring licensing or certification for pilots? Connecticut, a pioneer State for aviation, passed an act on June 8, 1911 to regulate aircraft registration, identification, and ...
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Would the Wright Flyer be considered ASEL or AMEL?

Well, it's in the name. Single ENGINE, not single propeller. It's the number of torque generators that matter, because that's what determines the performance hit if one goes south. You can have two ...
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What's the rationale for requiring ATP applicants to be at least 23 years old?

The age requirement for an airline transport pilot has been in place since at least 1937. You can search for CAR Part 21 on the FAA DRS website. https://drs.faa.gov. I tend to agree with the other ...
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Medical requirements for becoming a Pilot

I have EoE that I am treating weekly with dupixent, and have a special issuance for a 3rd class medical. It's unlikely to be a problem as long as you have no side effects, but you can expect that the ...
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Do logged hours really reflect ability?

Hours equate to experiencing a range of different scenarios and possible outcomes. Undoubtedly, there is learning that has taken place to mold the airman into the pilot they are today. Some of the ...
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Illegal flying - does anyone ever ask to see your license?

In North America at least, "Ramp Checks" are a thing, where some FAA or Transport Canada inspector could approach you ask to "zee your paperz", including personal license documents ...
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Illegal flying - does anyone ever ask to see your license?

Does anyone ever ask to see your license or other paperwork in the GA world? Yes, absolutely. For pilots, your license and medical will be checked at the point that you renew/revalidate any rating or ...
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Do only 0.3% of U.S. air force applicants become fighter pilots?

Some older numbers for a different airforce here are probably still relevant in talking through the odds. An airforce has fairly fixed need for number of active pilots, driven by the number of ...
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What aircraft can an NPPL SSEA holder fly?

A Cessna 150 might have been manufactured in the US (or Reims in France) but that doesnt make it a "US" or "French" aircraft for the purpose of licensing. What matters is the state ...
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Will a cell phone violation interfere with getting my pilots license?

No. You don't even need to report it unless they took action against your license or required you to take a class. From the MedXPress guide: Individual traffic arrests and/or convictions are not ...
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Will a cell phone violation interfere with getting my pilots license?

No, a single ticket like that will be entirely inconsequential. The FAA cares (a lot) about DUI tickets, and perhaps years of scofflaw behavior with repeated violations and a blatant pattern of ...
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As a holder of a private pilot license foreign based, can I continue my training to commercial?

You can continue on to the commercial. The only mention of a private certificate for the commercial certificate requirements is in 14 CFR § 61.123(h): Hold at least a private pilot certificate issued ...
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I have a commercial rotorcraft student and he wants to get rated in an airplane

He certainly can decide to go straight for the commercial, but he needs to meet the requirements specific to airplanes: 50 hours PIC 10 hours PIC cross country 20 hours training 5 hours of instrument ...
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Radiotelephony certificates in Germany: to get AZF do i need BZF first?

The agency responsible for issuing aeronautical radio licences is the Bundesnetzagentur (the Federal Network Agency). At their website you can find the requirements for these licenses. They have ...
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Cross crediting experience: Holder of ATC Instructor’s Qualification to NPPL(A) (SSEA)

The British Microlight Association kindly wrote back to me, I don't think I'm betraying any confidentiality in sharing their response here: On Wed, 14 Jun 2023 at 13:24, Pilot Licensing pilot....
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When did the United States stop issuing pilot "licenses" (and start issuing "certificates")?

1937. It took some digging but there is a U.S. CAR from November 1937 with the following regulation. 20.3-PILOT COMPETENCY CERTIFICATE. 20.30-Provision for Issuance. An appropriate pilot certificate ...
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