There are literally a little over 300 million adults in the United States, and two-thirds of them have a driver’s license. Yet, a little of 600,000 or less than one in 500 of them are licensed by the FAA to fly a plane. So the next time you see a movie where the pilots have all passed out or are dead from poisonous gas and the stewardess or a fellow passenger flies the plane, don’t believe it.
Learning to fly a plane isn’t rocket science, but it’s not exactly something people can pick up in 20 minutes of instruction either. So what’s involved.
Step one – becoming a student pilot
In the first step, you go to a flight school with a certified FAA flight instructor and enroll. Candidates can be younger than 17, but to become licensed, 17 is the minimum age.
Candidates must prove they are minimally fluent …