A solo pilot of a plane must be at least 16 years old.
Now Animal here, for those of you who don't know him, is our new opposing solo pilot.
We recently investigated the death of an 83-year-old civilian solo pilot in upstate New York.
In 2012, he broke the record of Barrington Irving as the youngest solo pilot to fly around the world.
Therefore, reasoned Brachaki, a one-man operated craft would need all its controls close together and within easy reach of its solo pilot.
For example, it is important for an inexperienced solo pilot to avoid a field landing until he has had some training in how to tackle one.
Moreover, they are often flown by early solo pilots who do not have much experience of flying them or of solo aerotowing.
But when you are a solo pilot, it is surprisingly easy to fly without any particular aim in mind, apart from trying to stay up!
With relatively high performance for its day, the M-200 also proved to be easy to fly both for early solo pilots and for advanced aerobatics.
In 2013 two EAA members will attempt to fly around the world and set the youngest solo pilot world record.