Darling, I am growing old, Silver threads among the gold

When Eben Rexford wrote the famous lyrics above in the mid-1800s, the only one who could even imagine that they might someday be recited by a man using a “flying machine” would have been Jules Verne! Yet, after 74 year-old Harrison Ford’s near miss recently, there is a great deal of attention being paid to a pilot’s age and their ability to fly a plane. As a result, if you are a pilot and are in your 60s, or ever plan to be in your 60s, you should be more than a little bit interested in HARRISON FORD’S NEAR-CRASH AND CESSNA 208 TRAINING.

“From what I understand,” Dale Wolcott, President of TURNBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas, shared, “Mr. Ford was more than a little confused. And,” he added solemnly, “that kind of confusion can result in a real dangerous situation.”

Purportedly, Ford’s “confusion” took several forms, including:

  • Getting his tail-number wrong.
  • Contacting the wrong tower.
  • Landing on a taxiway rather than the runway he had been advised to use.
  • Indicating he thought he was flying a helicopter instead of an airplane.

“It does sound as though the fact that Ford was flying a plane might not have been a good idea at the time,” Jason Wolcott, TURBINE TRAINING Vice President noted, “but one can’t assume that the reason for such was simply because of his age.”

The FAA certainly doesn’t. In fact, to date there is no “maximum age requirement” when it comes to surrendering your General Aviation Pilot’s License.

“In a lot of ways,” 75 year-old pilot Clyde Ericson pointed out, “driving a car is more demanding than flying a plane. For one thing,” he went on, “the skies are nowhere near as crowded as the highways, and congestion is often the cause of mishaps.”

When it comes to HARRISON FORD’S NEAR-CRASH AND CESSNA 208 TRAINING , those at TURBINE TRAINING understand the importance of ensuring that they stay on the cutting edge of every aspect of the Aviation Industry, allowing students to accomplish their dreams and goals while being as safe as possible – especially if that student is sixty years old or more ! As one of the leading cessna training centers in the country, TURBINE TRAINING features both Initial and Recurrent Training for Cessna Caravan, Cessna 208 training; King Air 90 Training, King Air 200 Training and King Air 300 Training. If you have any questions about the process for receiving TRAINING, contact TURBINE TRAINING at 1-866-335-1224 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..The Wolcotts and their staff would be happy to assist you in your quest for Initial Training or Recurrent Training regarding Turbine Engines and will give you the opportunity of being on the cutting edge of training by using their simulators.

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(To learn more about this topic, research “FAA AND AGE REQUIREMENTS”)