Re­tiree pi­lot train­ing

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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

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