If you have ever wanted to go "Where no man has gone before," there is good news and bad news: The bad news is that it is going to cost you nearly $250,000 to go. The good news is that, for the most part, virtually everyone is healthy enough to go into space!

VIRGIN GALACTIC, the firm currently "recruiting" civilians for space travel, has run a number of tests where they measure both pre-spin and post-spin heart rate, oxygen saturation and blood pressure have found that a number of people, even with what might be considered "health conditions" can participate in the program.

"In our case," Dale Wolcott, President of the TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas, shared, "we simply follow the standards established by the FAA."

In regard to the FAA Medical Certificate, you will need one before you can fly solo after receiving your King Air 90 training, King Air 200 training, King Air 300 training, and Cessna 208 training. There are actually three "classes" of these, including:

  • First Class - For Airline Transport Pilots
  • Second Class - For Commercial Pilots
  • Third Class - For Private, Recreational, and Student Pilots.

"People often think that acquiring an FAA Medical Certificate is a major undertaking," Jason Wolcott, the Vice President at TURBINE TRAINING offered, "but in reality all it takes is passing a physical exam as administered by a physician who is a medical examiner that is FAA-authorized."

Interestingly enough, in neither case does someone need to be in "perfect health" to participate. For the space flight, for example, VIRGIN GALACTIC states that even those with such medical problems as lung disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and even joint replacements, to name just a few issues, can safely go into outer space, as long as the proper precautions are taken, of course. And, the FAA has granted certificates to those with physical disabilities as long as they don't impede the pilot's ability to properly fly the craft.

Preparing pilots to face all types of potential emergencies and making sure they are, in fact, "healthy enough" to fly is but part of the endeavors of TURBINE TRAINING. As one of the leading cessna training centers in the country, they feature 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.

(To learn more about this topic check out “Your Health and Flying in Space,” and “FAA Health Requirements for Pilots.”)