Should Seniors Learn To Fly?

Maybe you first thought about learning to fly back when you were a kid, but somehow it never happened. First, there was school, and then family. Now you are near retirement, and you may think it’s too late to earn your wings. Experts say that’s not the case. Learning to fly is not only possible for you, it can offer excellent benefits.


So often, seniors somehow think that they cannot do what younger folks can. When it comes to flying, this idea is not true. As long as you are in good physical health and shape, you should be able to handle the task. You will also need to study complex material and apply it, something years of experience have taught you how to do. If you work hard, you should be able to get your license in approximately six months.

Mental Benefits

Hobbies are particularly important as you age because they help you remain mentally healthy. All the homework you have to do to earn your license can improve your memory and problem-solving skills. Doing something you enjoy also relieves stress, something that can speed mental deterioration. Plus, doing something you are good at on a regular basis fosters your self-esteem. This effect is particularly helpful after you retire and no longer have your job to reinforce your sense of worth.

Staying Active

You won’t get much cardio from becoming a pilot, but if you choose to buy your own plane, maintaining it will keep you from getting too comfortable in your chair. Being a pilot isn’t like taking up chess: you must leave home to participate. You must take care of a number of preflight details that require your physical presence. You will also be forced to interact with a number of people, so you will not become isolated after retirement. Hobbies of any type allow you to meet other people with similar interests. As a private pilot, you can take advantage of many area “fly-in events” such as shows and even breakfasts that allow you to view other people’s planes while you socialize. Once you learn to fly, your activity level should increase.

As a senior, you don’t have to settle for traditional “over-the-hill” activities. As long as you are in good health, you can learn to fly and pursue it for years, both before and after retirement. Dreams that are deferred can still come true. For more information, look for private pilot training courses in  your area. 

Author: Alisa Henderson

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