Student Pilot Certificate
- Be at least 16years old.
- Be able to speak, read, write, and understand English.
- Have a valid U.S. driver’s license while seeking a Light Sport Certificate, or a third class airman’s medical prior to solo flight while seeking a Recreational or Private Certificate.
With a Student Pilot Certificate and instructor endorsements you are allowed to:
- Fly solo with instructor endorsement in the past90 days.
- Fly in class B, C, D airspace – special instructor endorsement past 90 days.
- Fly solo cross country – with instructor endorsement every time.
A student pilot may not fly an aircraft:
- Carrying a passenger;
- For business or compensation or hire.
- On an international flight.
- With low visibility of less than 3 statute miles during day or 5 statute miles at night.
- Without visual reference to the ground.
- Contrary to any limitations placed in the pilot’s logbook by an authorized instructor.
- A student pilot may not act as a required pilot flight crewmember on any aircraft for which more than one pilot is required.
A student pilot seeking a sport pilot certificate must comply with the above limitations and additionally may not act as pilot in command:
- Of an aircraft other than a light-sport aircraft.
- At night.
- At an altitude of more than 10,000 feet MSL or 2,000 feet AGL, whichever is higher.
- In Class B, C, and D airspace, at an airport located in Class B, C, or D airspace, and to, from, through, or on an airport having an operational control tower without having received the ground and flight training and an endorsement from an authorized instructor.
- Of a light-sport aircraft without having received the applicable ground training, flight training, and instructor endorsements.
Note* These descriptions are changed for quick reference only and not intended to replace the complete FARs available at: FARs Pilot Certificates