Mark Zuckerberg received his student pilot certificate earlier this year, reports The Information. If he earns his license, he’ll join Elon Musk, Sam Altman and other tech bros in the cockpit.
Looks like MMA fighting and meta running aren’t enough to keep Mark Zuckerberg busy — he now wants to get in the cockpit, too. Citing Federal Aviation Administration records, The Information reported on Saturday that the billionaire received his student pilot certificate earlier this year.
Being able to fly a plane would put Zuckerberg in an elite club that includes other tech brothers like Elon Musk, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and Snap CEO Evan Spiegel.
Before deciding to step back from the hobby, Musk once owned and flew aircraft, including a fighter jet. In September 2008, during a live web chat with The Washington Post, Musk said, “Sadly, I no longer consider myself a pilot.”
“When I fly I have to work and I have too many thoughts in my head to pay the necessary attention to the aircraft – I can be absent minded at times, which is a really bad habit for a pilot Is.
Flying isn’t the only extreme hobby Zuckerberg has taken up recently. The father of three has been training in jiu-jitsu and MMA fighting, and he shared that he started exercising as a “reset” for his body.
The buzz about Zuckerberg’s jiu-jitsu skills amid the launch of Meta’s Twitter killer, Threads, prompted Musk to tweet that he’s “ready to match in a cage” against his tech rival.
According to Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White, the pair are “very serious” about making the match happen.
However, John Travolta remains possibly the foremost celebrity pilot. According to Simply Flying, he’s had his license for over 40 years, and is qualified to fly not only the Boeing 707 and 737, but also the 747 Jumbo.
The FAA did not immediately respond to a request outside normal working hours.