The Sport Pilot Certificate

Information On Obtaining The Sport Pilot Certificate


If you are an aviation enthusiast seeking your initial pilot certificate, the sport pilot certificate provides among the easiest and most economical means to fly for fun as well as entertainment. You can think of it as a sort of middle-ground in between becoming an ultralight pilot to a full-fledged private pilot.

Unlike ultralight pilots, sport pilots can include a traveler and may operate in specific types of controlled airspace, as an example, but they are not allowed not fly at night and are restricted to lighter as well as lower-powered planes than those readily available to private pilots.

While a private pilot certificate needs a minimum of 35 to 40 hrs of training time (contingent upon the educational program), those demands are much less for sport pilots.

The minimum required training time for the light sport aircraft categories for a plane is twenty hours.


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How To Become a Sport Pilot:

To gain a sport pilot certificate, you'll be required to:

1. Meet the minimum age:
Be at the very least 16 to become a student pilot and fly solo (14 for gliders).
Be at the very least 17 to test for a sport pilot certificate (16 for gliders).

2. Have the ability to write, read, and comprehend English.

3. Hold an existing and legitimate U.S. driver’s license as proof of medical eligibility (given the FAA hasn't denied, withdrawn, or suspended your last medical certificate application). Conversely, you can also use a third class airman's medical to prove medical fitness.

4. Pass an FAA sport pilot knowledge test, also referred to as the written test.

5. Total a minimum of 20 hours of training for an aircraft; times vary for other airplane types.

6. Pass an FAA sport pilot practical test, also referred to as the flight test or check ride.


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Light Sport Aircraft

The FAA has actually defined light sport aircraft as simple-to-operate, easy-to-fly planes that, since initial certification, has remained to fulfill the following performance definition:

1. Maximum gross weight of 1,320 lbs.
2. Maximum stall speed of 51 mph.
3. Fixed or ground adjustable propeller.
4. Single reciprocating engine.
5. Fixed landing gear.
6. Seating for no more than a pilot and passenger.
7. Maximum speed of 138 mph.

Any kind of airplane that meets the interpretation of a light-sport aircraft as called out in 14 CFR Part 1.1 is approved to be operated by a sport pilot. These aircraft can be certificated in any category, including standard, experimental amateur-built, experimental exhibition, experimental light sport aircraft (E-LSA), or special light sport aircraft (S-LSA).


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