There are lots of regular people with pilot’s license, whether for recreational, sport, or private flying. In more rural areas, it’s common for a few people to have tiny planes and utilize the small airports in the area. While it costs between $5,000 and $10,000 to get these licenses, lots of people do it, even celebrities. Getting your private pilot’s license takes a lot of work, with 40 hours of training, 20 of which are with an instructor, 10 are solo, and 5 involve cross-country travel. You also need to successfully make several night landings and take a written exam, along with various other requirements set by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Take a look at this list on the various requirements. It takes a lot of hard work to become a pilot and here’s a list of several celebrities who’ve done it!
Jolie’s son, Maddox, loves planes. One day it dawned on her that she could get her pilot’s license and fly with him and has been doing so for about a decade. Thanks to her success as an actress, she’s able to own several of her own planes and frequently flies. She even has a helicopter pad at the family chateau in France.
Harrison Ford is adamant about his love for flying and encourages people to give it a try. He frequently appears at air shows and has even worked for the Aircraft Owner’s and Pilot’s Association (AOPA). He started flying around age 52, owns quite a few planes, and has even made headlines for crashing one of his planes and his helicopter, but ended up being alright after a hospital stay. He sometimes even volunteers as a search and rescue pilot.
This country music star also holds a deep love of flying. He has the same plane as Jolie, a Cirrus SR22, and has even appeared in commercials for the company. McGraw loves flying because it lets him completely clear his mind and not have to worry about work and anything else that’s going on in his life.
Freeman always had an interest in aviation and even served as a mechanic in the Air Force when he was younger. Though, making more of this interest didn’t happen until he was 65, when he finally got his pilot’s license. He know appears at air shows and does PSAs for the AOPA.
This international supermodel started taking helicopter lessons in 2009. Gisele was nearly six months pregnant with her son when she began her lessons, but still acquired her pilot’s license. She wanted to learn more about aviation while she was a UN Ambassador and working on an initiative for alternative fuels.