What is student pilot license (SPL)?

A Student Pilot License (SPL) is a type of license that enables a student to fly a registered aircraft under the supervision or authority of a licensed instructor or be able to fly solo after receiving an endorsement from a licensed instructor. While you do not need the SPL before joining a Pilot school, it is necessary to begin the application early on to avoid delays once you reach the solo stage of flight training.

The following are eligibility requirements to obtain a student pilot license:

  • At least 16 years of age
  • Pass Ground school exams and assessments
  • Obtain a Medical Certificate enabling you fit to fly
  • Get an endorsement from a licensed flight instructor
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language

However, there are general limitations that holders of a SPL must adhere to. A student pilot may not act as Pilot In Command (PIC) of an aircraft that is carrying a passenger, carrying property for compensation or hire, for compensation or hire, with a flight or surface visibility of less than 3 statute miles during daylight hours or 5 statute miles at night, when the flight can’t be made with visual reference to the surface, and in a manner contrary to any limitations placed in the pilot’s logbook by an authorized instructor.

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