Aeronautical Science

FAA Requirements and Resources

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There are many requirements that pilots must meet in order to qualify for testing. Make sure you meet the eligibility requirements outlined in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Requirements:

Minimum age:

Pilot Classification Minimum Age
Student Pilot 16
Private Pilot 17
Commercial Pilot 18
Flight Instructor 18
Airline Transport Pilot 23

Language requirement

No matter your age, you must also be able to read, speak, write, and understand English, per Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 61.83 .

Medical certificate

You must able to obtain a third-class medical clearance from an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). A list of AMEs in your area can be found on the FAA's website. FAA Medical Certification Information

Student pilot certificate

You must complete an application through the Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application (IACRA) website or by paper using FAA form 8710-1 and submit it to a Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), an FAA-designated pilot examiner, an airman certification representative associated with a part 141 flight school, or a certificated flight instructor.

Form: FAA 8710-1 PDF

FAA Resources

Pilot Classification Link
Private Private Pilot - Airplane Airman Certification Standards (6B)
Commercial Commercial Pilot - Airplane Airman Certification Standards
Instrument Instrument Rating - Airplane ACS (8B)
UAS Unmanned Aircraft Systems Unmanned Aircraft Systems Pilot Information