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5 Reasons to Become a Pilot When You Retire

More and more retirees are choosing to fly through their retirement—literally. Without the burdens of raising a family and earning an income, retirees have the time and independence to learn how to fly and become pilots as a retirement hobby. There is no age limit when applying for a pilot certificate and no age required to stop flying; in fact, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, there are around 41,000 pilots over the age of 70 with active pilot certificates in the United States.

Flying through your golden years is one of the best ways to spend your retirement—here are 5 reasons why:


Most people plan on traveling when they retire, now that they don’t have to fit traveling into a work schedule, they are free to go as far as they please. Traveling is one of the best ways to spend your retirement; so, if traveling is a retirement hobby of yours, imagine being able to fly yourself to your desired destinations. You can fly yourself, along with a spouse or travel buddy—no need for departure and return tickets, specific dates, no dealing with airlines and long TSA lines. Pack an overnight bag for a day trip to the mountains or a large rolling suitcase if you plan on secluding yourself on an island for an undetermined amount of time. Your trip can be as spontaneous as you want or planned as far ahead as possible, after all, you’re the captain.


Retirees may start to feel like they are throwing their time away if their days are spent frolicking around the house. Make good use of your time by choosing a retirement hobby that makes a difference in other people’s lives. Learn how to fly so that you can volunteer your pilot skills to non-profit organizations that are desperate for volunteer pilots and their planes. Organizations around the country and the world need pilots to help evacuate people from disaster-stricken areas, transport rescue animals to their new homes, help environmental agencies document climate change from the skies—the possibilities to help people in need are endless when you can fly.

Build Lasting Relationships with Family and Friends

A trip across the skies can be an intimate and exhilarating way to reconnect with someone and strengthen a relationship. Spending intimate time with family can be one of the best ways to spend your retirement. You can spark up your love life by taking your spouse on a midnight fly date or fly them to a romantic place they’ve never visited. Instill a love for flying in the younger generations by taking a grandchild on a plane for their very first time. You can strengthen your relationships with loved ones by sharing an experience they will never forget.