Say “student pilot,” and most people think of a youngster chasing a dream. In reality, today’s fledgling is likely a middle-aged adult who’s not only chasing, but actually fulfilling a lifelong ambition to become a pilot. The average student pilot today is in his 30s, and the typical average active pilot is in their 40s. In addition, more than 25 percent of all U.S. pilots with current medical certificates are in their 50s. There is no maximum age for acquiring a private pilot license. Once you earns this certificate, you may exercise the privileges of that certificate as long as you continue to get a medical certificate and a biannual flight review.