How To Get A Student Pilot Certificate-Getting your student pilot certificate is more like the first formality towards your aviation career.
When you meet your instructor for the first time in your aviation school, you objective should be to get your student pilot certificate into the FAA’s Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application System (IACRA).
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In this article, we are going to show you how you can get your student pilot certificate. We will be giving you all the details that you will need to know about getting a student pilot certificate and kick start your aviation career.
Let’s get started…
What Are The Requirements To Be Eligible For Student Pilot Certificate?
The student pilot certificate takes a huge part of the total airmen certificates and according to the U.S. Civil Airmen Statistics, student pilots make up the highest number of certificate holders.
For you to be eligible for the student pilot certificate, you must meet the following requirements which are:
- You must be at least 16 years old and if you want to be a glider or balloon, you should be at least 14 years.
- You should be able to read, speak, write and understand English
How To Apply For Student Pilot Certificate
You can apply for your student pilot certificate through paper and in doing this; you must fill out the FAA form 8710-1 and send it to one of the following:
- Flight Standards District Office (FSDO)
- Airman certification representative associated with a part 141 flight school
- Certificated flight instructor
- FAA-designated pilot examiner
You can also submit your application online through the Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application (IACRA) website.
After submit the application whether through paper, the Airmen Certification Branch will review your application and documents and after that, you will get your student pilot certificate by mail within 3 weeks.
If you apply online through the IACRA website, it could take less time that than.
The Student Pilot Training For Solo
Although taking flight lessons do not require you to get a student pilot license, flying solo would require that you have one and also a medical certificate.
The medical certificates come in three classes which are the first, second and third.
The first class has the highest requirements while the third has the lowest. As a student pilot, you need at least a third class medical but if you want to further your aviation career, you will need the first.
Let’s look at the steps to get a medical certificate:
- You will need to complete the initial part of an online application on MedXPress
- You need to schedule an appointment with an AME, who would complete the remainder of the application
- You need to pass a medical examination to the required standards of the medical certificate sought
If you are flying solo, it means that you are the pilot that is in command of that aircraft and that is a lot of responsibility on your shoulders and for you to do this properly, you must have sound training (proper ground and flight instruction).
- Ground training
As a student pilot, it is understandable if you don’t know everything about aviation as you only need to know what you need to conduct a short flight safely.
The ground training process concentrates more on learning just enough about the aircraft’s flight characteristics, limitations and performance. You also need to know the relevant rules, regulations and procedures for the airport where you’ll perform your solo flight.
After the ground training program, you must pass a knowledge test on those aeronautical subjects and the flight instructor will administer the test, review your answers and instruct you to conduct a solo flight if you passed the test very well.
- Flight Training
This is the interesting part as you will learn how to fly the aircraft. This is very important in your flight solo training because before you go for you first solo flight, you will need to receive training in flight maneuvers, communications and procedures.
The flight training varies depending on the aircraft but your pre-solo phase almost always includes learning how to perform the following key elements:
- Straight flight, climbs and descents
- Flight preparation, takeoffs and landings
- Emergency procedures, collision avoidance and stall recovery
During the flight training, you will need to demonstrate to your flight instructor your ability to fly an aircraft safely and if your instructor deems you proficient, you will receive an endorsement on your logbook to fly solo.
To fly solo, you must receive an endorsement from your instructor within 90 days before your flight.
Frequently Asked Questions
• How Long Are The Student Pilot Certificate And Medical Certificate Valid?
The student pilot and medical certificates are not the same document as everything changed around April 1, 2016 and so the student pilot certificates do not expire instead, the certificate will be surrendered after successfully completing a higher certification.
• With a new student pilot certificate, is the flight instructor still required to place endorsements on it?
Well, all the endorsements are placed in the student logbook and are no longer required to be on the student pilot certificate but any previous endorsements on a paper student pilot certificate should be maintained as part of the required training record.
• If you solo in more than one make or model of aircraft, must you have an endorsement for each on your logbook?
You certainly will need an endorsement for each aircraft on your logbook and your flight instructor must make this endorsement before your solo in each make or model of aircraft.
• Does the endorsement to solo allow you to make solo cross-country flights?
You cannot make solo cross-country flights except you get a cross-country flight endorsement from your flight instructor.
It is very important that you know how to get a student pilot certificate and from all we have discussed so far, you can see that it is a simple process.
The certificate is necessary for you to be able to fly solo and it is a step ahead for you in your aviation adventure.
Try your best to learn everything you need to know about flying aircraft so that you can become a sound and wonderful pilot.