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How can i get my pilots license?

I'm 16 years old and live in Georgia. I would like to get my pilots license because it will look good on my medical school application. Where/ how do i go about getting this and what's roughly the price

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Go to your local airport and talk with an instructor. That doesn't cost anything and they'll be happy

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Go to your local airport and talk with an instructor. That doesn't cost anything and they'll be happy to answer any of your questions. You can go for a sport pilot license first because it's the quickest cheapest way to get in the air. Then if you "catch the flying bug" you can progress to a private pilot certificate.

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