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Sport Pilot License

Sport Pilot Certificate

When selecting your flight training, one of the most important considerations is your ultimate end goal. If you’re pursuing a career in aviation you’ll be better off pursuing a private pilot license instead of a sport pilot one. But if you simply want to fly light sport aircraft then a sport pilot certificate is exactly what you need.

Below are some details about Sport Pilot flight training, as well as some of the privileges and limitations that come with it. When you’re planning to start your sport pilot license you’ll need to take the FAA written exam.

Enrollment Update

At this time we aren’t enrolling students for our Sport Pilot Course. If you are interested in becoming a commercial pilot check out our Zero Time to Airline® program. This program is designed to take you from zero flight time to an airline pilot in as little as 2 years!

Sport Pilot License

The Sport Pilot Program Includes:

  • 20 hrs. – Total Flight Time
  • 15 hrs. – Dual Flight Training
  • 5 hrs. – Solo Flight
  • 22.5 hrs. – Knowledge (Ground) Training
  • 3 hrs. – Mock Oral Practical Test Prep
  • Jeppesen Pilot Training System
  • Pilot Syllabus
  • FAR/AIM Manual
  • E6B Flight Computer
  • Navigation Plotter
  • Pilot Logbook
  • Fuel Tester
  • Flight Bag
  • Aviation Headset

Privileges & Limitations:

  • Operate as pilot in command of a light sport qualified aircraft
  • Carry a passenger and share expenses (fuel, oil, airport expenses, and aircraft rental)
  • Fly during daytime using visual flight rules (VFR). Three statute miles visibility and visual contact with the ground are required
  • Fly in Class E and G airspace. Flying in Class B, C, or D airspace requires an endorsement from an instructor (view guide to airspace classes).
  • Sport pilots may fly production (standard airworthiness certificate) and experimental amateur-built aircraft that meet the FAA’s definition of a light sport aircraft
  • Prohibited from flying in Class A airspace or in instrument conditions
  • May not fly above 10,000 ft. or at night
  • May not carry a passenger or property for hire or another form of compensation
  • May not carry more than one passenger
  • May not fly faster than 120 knots
  • May generally fly only within the United States
  • Prohibited from flying in furtherance of a business

Sport Pilot Frequently Asked Questions