8 Celebrities That Double As Pilots

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Obtaining a Private Pilot License (PPL)

Per the requirements set forth by the Federal Aviation Administration, to obtain a private pilot license, the following is an idea of what’s required:

A minimum of 40 hours in the airplane:

  • 20 hours dual instruction
  • 10 hours of solo flight
  • 5 hours of solo cross-country flight time
  • 10-night landings
  • 3 landings at a controlled airport
  • 3 hours of basic instrument flying
  • A written and medical exam
  • A check ride with a designated pilot examiner

All of the following celebrities have gone through this rigorous process to obtain their license to fly.

Angelina Jolie

In 2013, this popular Hollywood actress had her wings clipped after failing to renew her PPL with the FAA. She previously has been photographed in her Cirrus SR22. It is rumored that Brad and Angelina were in the market for a new seaplane.

Tim McGraw

This country music star also owns and regularly flies his Cirrus SR22. Of course, it is customized. The plane matches the tattoos that he has on his body, including the name “Faith” detailed on the plane. Flying is said to be his favorite past-time.

Morgan Freeman

One of the most recognized voices in entertainment is also an avid voice of the aviation industry. Freeman served in the Air Force as a mechanic, but at the age of 65, he finally decided to obtain his license to fly. He owns a Cessna 414 and a Citation 501.

Dierks Bentley

Not only does this country music star have his PPL, but he also earned a multi-engine rating in November of 2015. Dierks has been an advocate and a guest speaker for the National Business Aviation Association. He even flies himself home from shows quite often!

John Travolta

Possibly one of the most famous of the celebrity pilots, John Travolta started flying at the age of 22. He now owns several planes including a former Qantas Boeing 707 and a Challenger 601. On his Florida property, he has a 7,500-foot runway. Travolta is also type-rated in 11 different aircraft.

Clint Eastwood

This celebrity has been a helicopter pilot for over 30 years. In the Army, before obtaining his PPL, Eastwood once survived a plane crash in the ocean and swam nearly 3-miles in shark-infested waters to safety.  Eastwood still flies regularly, even in his late 80s.

Jay-z

For father’s day, Beyonce spent $40 million on a Bombardier Challenger 850. Equipped with a fully leather living room, kitchen, bedroom, and two bathrooms. This aircraft was also upgraded to seat up to 16 people.

Jimmy Buffet

Buffet originally obtained his PPL in a Lake Renegade Amphibian at age 29. He went on to obtain his commercial pilot certificate and both single- and multi-engine land and sea ratings. According to Buffet’s website, he also has an instrument rating and type ratings for the Citation 500, Falcon 50, Falcon 900, and the Grumman Albatross. He also owns a variety of other airplanes, including a Grumman Goose, and a 2009 Caravan on floats.

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