Brian Wood, a pilot and instructor at Warren Field in Beaufort County, says pilot candidates must be 16 years old, undergo a medical exam, and complete at least 40 hours of training. Those training hours at Warren Airport will cost you $110 an hour, which Wood says is on par with other airfields. Wood says the Federal Aviation Administration or F.A.A. is directly involved with the certification of every pilot. At the end of the flight training, when students satisfy all of their F.A.A. requirements, then the designated F.A.A. examiner is called in and he gives him an oral test and a flight test. One of Wood's recent graduates received his full pilot's license on his 16th birthday, six months before he'll be eligible for a North Carolina Driver's license.
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