Retiree pilot training
I enjoyed the ‘Go Commercial!’ articles (November 2018) very much indeed and assume they were aimed mostly at readers at the start of their work timeline. I’m at the opposite (retired) end of that timeline and I have a challenge/ request for you.
I’d love to fly (obviously as a hobby and not commercially), but as a retiree I envisage two scenarios. The best case scenario is to gain a licence and have many happy years of flying; the worst case one is to gain a licence and have it pulled soon after due to age concerns. I have questions such as: LAPL or PPL? What are the common health problems that might lead to a failure of the medical or make it a non-starter?
What is the authorities’ attitude towards pilots of a certain age?
How challenging is the ground school for someone away from education for several decades?
How many hours (and thus how much money) does a retiree typically need to gain their licence? Not all retirees have unlimited pensions.
I wonder how many retirees choose to become a perpetual student, flying as much as they like, albeit always with an instructor, rather than training to gain a licence? Perhaps
Pilot could run an article on ‘getting into GA for the retired person’? I’d certainly benefit from whatever advice you can offer.
I read the final African Skies article with sadness. It seems such a shame for a successful business run by resourceful people to come to a halt because of failings totally outside of its control. Ian Brothwell, Nottingham