Hey! I’m Kai and I am thirteen and I have been doing simulators since nine and wanted to become a airline pilot for a long time. There have been a few people at my local airport that have suggested in me doing sportys learn to fly and instrament courses (which I’ve completed) and doing young eagles (which I do almost every month). My goal out of this message is to get more opinions and more guidance from more people. If you could kindly text me some tips that would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!


Just keep doing what you’re doing. You can never have too much knowledge.

That aside the best thing you can do is to do well in school, get good grades and continue those practices into college.

It doesn’t matter how knowledgeable you are about aviation, if that’s all you know you won’t go far.


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At your age, focus on primary school, obtain a good GPA, participate in some extracurricular activities if you can, and really do well in school (that’s for anything you do further in life). Ultimately, enjoy life (but be smart) where you are, you are only a teenager once.

For aviation activities, you could consider looking at the Civil Air Patrol, checking out your nearest airport’s FBO (fixed-base operator) and see what the community of pilots do. Maybe visit Oshkosh or Sun N’ Fun if you have the free time in the summer and ability.

Lastly, I don’t foresee doing any ground school course at this time is beneficial. You still have a lot of time to learn material, and there’s potential for that material to change overtime. Reading handbooks is good, which are FREE on the FAA’s website, maybe watching YouTube videos, but until you can fully apply what you’re learning… there is going to be a disconnect of knowledge. You will WANT to take an introductory flight when you can with an INSTRUCTOR, not someone who owns a plane, that’s a private pilot…


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