Sport Pilot

FAA Requirements to obtain a Sport Pilot Certificate

1) Be at least 17 years of age.

2) Be able to read, write and converse fluently in English.

3) Hold either a current and valid U.S. driver’s license or a current FAA medical certificate.

4) Receive and log ground training from an authorized instructor or complete a home-study course which subjects include:

FARs

NTSB Part 830

Use of AIM and ACs

Use of VFR charts

Aviation weather

Operation of aircraft

Airplane performance

Weight and balance

Aerodynamics and systems

Stall/spin awareness

Aeronautical decision making (ADM)

Required preflight actions

5) Pass the FAA sport pilot knowledge test with a score of 70% or better.

6) Accumulate flight experience (FAR 61.311). Receive a total of 20 hours of flight training and solo flight time, including:

15 hours of flight training from a certified flight instructor (CFI) including at least:

2 hours of cross-country, i.e., to other airports

10 takeoffs and landing to a full stop at an airport

3 hours of flight training, preparing for the practical test within 60 days before the test, on those areas specified in FAR 61.311

5 hours of solo flight training in those areas specified in FAR 61.311, including 1 solo cross-country flight of at least 75 NM total distance, with a full-stop landing at a minimum of two points and one segment of the flight consisting of a straight-line distance of at least 25 NM between the takeoff and landing locations.

7) Receive flight instruction and demonstrate skill (FAR 61.311). Obtain a logbook sign-off from your CFI on the following areas of operation:

Preflight preparation

Preflight procedures

Airport operations

Takeoffs, landings and go-arounds

Performance maneuvers

Ground reference maneuvers

Navigation

Slow flight and stalls

Emergency operations

Post-flight procedures

8) Successfully complete a practical test.

9) Advantages: Lower costs, no medical certificate requirement, faster to complete.

10) Disadvantages: Limited to sport airplanes, no night flight allowed, only one passenger allowed, restrictions of type of airspace and airports you can operate in, no operations above 10,000 ft., no instrument flight.

11) Alternative: Obtain a private pilot certificate.

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