Each Young Eagle Flight participant receives a free coupon to Sporty's Online Private Pilot Ground School
. This course can qualify you to take the FAA Private Pilot Written Exam. In addition, two other online flight training providers have donated access to their courses that integrate with our flight simulators: Pilotinstitute.com
and True Course Simulations
Let's talk about the options, timing and requirements: You must be 17 to get a private pilot's license (16 for a glider pilots license
). You can solo at 16 (15 for a glider pilot student). You are also required to take the Private pilots written exam which can be taken prior to flight training, but once taken the results are good for two years. Flight training is best done in continuous, repetitive sessions. However, the weather in Northern Michigan in the fall and winter months makes regular training in those months difficult, so we recommend scheduling the start of your flight training in the spring of the year with a target completion of October of that year.
So that creates an optimum timeline that looks like this:
- At age 15 or later study for your Private Pilot written
- At age 16 or later take the private pilot written
- Start your flight training in the spring of the year you turn 17
To assist our Young Eagles in accomplishing these goals, we hold twice monthly mentoring sessions for students 15 and older to answer questions and help students understand the material.
Our Ground school mentoring session are held on the first and third Saturdays from 9:00 to 11:30 at our offices at Legacy Aviation.
Contact us YoungEagles@eaa234.org
for further information