- Nov 26, 2001
I have thought a bit about the incident in Tampa and was wondering what you folks think. In my state, to get a learner's permit one must be sixteen and to get a license one must be 16 and a half. I am interested to see what others think of perhaps having something similar in aviation, whereby to even take flying lessons one must be 16 and then be licensed at 17 as always. At my home airport, I know of a 12 year old boy who takes flying lessons with an instructor and his father pays for all this. To be honest, I cannot understand spending the money on flying lessons for someone so young when they cannot solo for another four years. I could see starting lessons a month or so before the 16th birthday, but age 12????? I wasn't impressed with the Jessica (I think that was her name--she died in the Cardinal and was quite young--I don't remember all the details) accident either. What do you think, if anything, should be done about "kid pilots"?