Flight Training Prerequisites

Below are required items needed to start flight training at Hesston College

  1. FAA Requirements
    The student must be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language, meet the physical standards for a third-class medical certificate, and possess a valid student pilot certificate. The student must be 16 years old to solo, and 17 years old to gain certification.
  2. Medical Requirements
    You are required to make an appointment with an FAA approved medical doctor to acquire your medical certificate. We ask that you get a first class medical. It is imperative that you have this medical certificate in hand before you fly. We can provide you with names of qualified physicians in your area or you can visit the following informative websites on aviation medicals located at  The FAA’s Find an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) They may help answer questions you have.
  3. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Requirements
    We are required to verify proof of U.S. citizenship. We need to see an ORIGINAL birth certificate and a current driver’s license or a current passport. TSA requires us to see the original (we will return your original to you after we have verified and copied the documentation).
    If you are not a US citizen, you will need to register with the TSA online at https://www.flightschoolcandidates.gov/. This registration process takes approximately 1-2 weeks. Flight training will begin ONLY when we have a final approval from the TSA.