QUOTE(masterchefgille @ Apr 18 2006, 01:00 PM) [snapback]80366[/snapback]
I am wondering if a student pilot needs a student pilot "license" or permit (like a driving permit) in order to fly and if they need a Class 3 Medical before they start taking flying lessons.
No, you don't need your medical before beginning flight training, but you do need it before you can solo. Your student pilot certificate is required to solo as well. And, actually, your 3rd-class medical and student pilot certificate are the same piece of paper. You obtain the medical and, when you are ready to solo, your flight instructor endorses it.