Tag Archives: Golden years

Pilots of all Ages

14 March 2023   Learn to Fly

Many people discover new hobbies, interests, and passions later in life. The idea that trying new things is only for younger people is so beyond the truth. If you’re well into or entering your golden years, now is an excellent time to pursue your dreams! If you’ve always dreamed of becoming a pilot you’re probably wondering, can you become a pilot at any age? The answer is absolutely yes, however certain types of pilot licenses do have age restrictions. Our team at Monmouth Jet Center explains: 

What Age Can Someone Learn To Fly?

For young people interested in learning how to fly, there is no age requirement to take flying lessons with an instructor. However you can’t fly solo (without an instructor) until 16 years old. These solo flights usually consist of pattern work and must be approved by your instructor prior to your flight. Once you are 17 and have the required hours of flight time and ground work, you can apply to take your check ride to get your private pilot’s license. At our flight school in NJ, we welcome many teenagers who are ready to pursue their dream of becoming a pilot. We love to see young people chasing their passions!

For those who are at retirement age and looking to take up new hobbies, it’s not too late to become a pilot. It’s important to note that commercial airlines require pilots to retire when they are between 60 and 65 years old. Depending on your age you might not be able to ever work for an airline, but there is no age limit on a private pilot’s license. Don’t let your age deter you from following your dream. 

Never too Late to Learn to Fly 

Older adults who want to learn how to fly are advised to be fit and healthy before enrolling in flight school. You must pass a medical exam to get your pilot’s license and it’s not a one-time thing. Pilots under the age of 40 must pass the medical exam every 60 months, while pilots aged 40 and older must pass it every 24 months. The medical exam consists of:

  • A physical exam
  • An eyesight exam
  • A hearing test
  • A lung function test
  • Routine blood tests
  • A blood pressure check
  • A resting EKG

While it may seem daunting, the medical exam is necessary to ensure you’re fit to fly, and many older adults pass it every 24 months with flying colors (pun intended). 

Pilots Older In Age 

Harry Moyer served as a pilot in World War II, and in 2020 at the incredible age of 100 years old, he became a contender for oldest active pilot in the world. In an interview from October 2020, Harry said he still flies every week and he shows no signs of slowing down. 

In 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 lost all engine power after striking a flock of birds. One of the pilots, Sully Sullenberger, landed the plane in the Hudson River and miraculously there were no fatalities. Sully was 57 years old at the time, proving that older pilots are more than capable of acting in an emergency. 

If you’re ready to enroll in flight school and work towards your dream of becoming a pilot, or if you would like more information, please contact our team at Monmouth Jet Center today. It’s absolutely possible to become a pilot at any age, and we look forward to hearing from you.




Learning to fly in your golden years

14 December 2021   Learn to Fly

Are you a senior who’s interested in learning to fly? If you’re retired and enjoying your golden years then you have the time and the freedom to pursue new hobbies and interests. Learning new things is a great way to stay active, engage your curiosity, and potentially discover a new passion! 

People of all ages dream of learning to fly, and you’ll be pleased to know there is no age limit for taking flying lessons. At Monmouth Jet Center, we have students of all ages, and our students who learn to fly later in life find it incredibly rewarding. If you’re approaching your retirement and have always been curious about taking flying lessons, contact us today to get started!

Why learn to fly as a senior citizen?

    • You have more free time. When you’re younger most of your time is taken up by school and work, leaving you little to no time to explore new hobbies and interests. One of the many benefits of retirement is that you have more free time, and your golden years are ideal for setting off on new adventures like flying lessons.
    • Learning new things helps your mind stay young. While it doesn’t stop the clock, taking flying lessons is a great way to engage your brain in a new activity. Just as you need to exercise your body to keep it in good shape, the same is true of your brain. Learning something new like flying is a great way to stimulate your mind and strengthen cognitive function. 
    • You have more disposable income. You’ve spent decades working hard, you’ve saved up some money, and your kids are grown and out of the house. Now it’s time to spend your money on yourself and try the things you’ve always wanted to do!
    • Monmouth Flight School has been successfully teaching people how to fly since 1993! Because Monmouth Airport sits just outside of crowded New York area airspace designations, it is one of the most relaxed and safe environments you will find in the Tri-state area to pursue your dream of learning to fly. We’ve taught every conceivable type, size, and age of person to fly over the last 20 years, and you better believe we can teach you too!

If you’d like to know more about how seniors can learn to fly at Monmouth Jet Center, or if you have any questions about our executive airport in New Jersey, please contact our team today. You’re never too old to spread your wings and fly with us.

Traveling later in life

9 November 2021   General

Do you love to travel? Are you nearing your retirement years? Exciting getaways aren’t only for younger people – traveling later in life can be hugely rewarding, and whether you’ve already been bitten by the travel bug or you’re still thinking about your ideal destination, there are many benefits of seeing the world during your golden years. 

Here are our top five reasons to look forward to traveling later in life:

  1. Traveling keeps you active. When you retire you no longer have the hustle and bustle of your daily routine, so you may find yourself much more sedentary than before. Staying physically and mentally active is incredibly important, especially as we age, and travel is a great way to keep your mind and your body active. 
  2. You have more disposable income. Traveling on a shoe-string budget might be fun when you’re 20, but let’s face it, it’s nice to be comfortable! After working and saving for decades you’re finally in a position to indulge in a luxury hotel, or a faraway destination. 
  3. Overcome your fears and get out of your comfort zone. No one wants to look back and say “I wish I would have…” so now is your chance! Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, or perhaps you want to try ziplining in Costa Rica. Whatever it is, you won’t regret it.
  4. Traveling together strengthens relationships. Whether it’s a friend, a spouse, or a child, grab a travel buddy and book your trip. Exploring the world together will deepen your bond and give you memories to cherish forever. 
  5. Traveling makes you more confident. And a little extra confidence is something we could all use! Once you’ve conquered an international trip, you’ll understand that you can do anything you set your mind to.

Enjoy your travels with Monmouth Jet Center

Whether you’re setting off on an international adventure or enjoying a quick weekend getaway, Monmouth Jet Center will happily welcome you. When you use Monmouth Airport you’ll avoid crowded terminals and long security lines, and we know you’ll enjoy our comfortable passenger lounges full of amenities. 

For more information about using Monmouth Jet Center, or if you have any questions, please contact our team today or visit our website at: https://monmouthjetcenter.com/