Can a doctor become a pilot?

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Answer by Thomas Zerbarini:

Keep that passion Ibrahim, anyone at anytime can learn how to fly and be great at it. Passion is the best motivator for learning too.

When I started Flight Instructing, most of my students were doctors, lawyers, drug reps, sanitation workers, you name it. Basic pilot skills for personal enjoyment is in anyones grasp as long as they can afford it. You'll probably spend between $8,000 – $15,000 on your private pilots certificate.

Just be smart about your flying and always be conservative with your abilities as you fly solo or with family and friends. Don't show off too much. You'll find that your passengers will respect and appreciate your skills and attention to detail.

I'd suggest you dabble a bit with flying while your going to med school. Maybe go on a few sailplane lessons and enjoy the ride while learning about flying and energy management. You'll love it–I promise.

Thomas Zerbarini

Can a doctor become a pilot?


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