Sport Pilot License Requirements:
To earn a sport pilot certificate, a minimum of 20 hours flight-instruction time is required. 15 hours of that being with an FAA-authorized instructor. 5 hours of solo flight and 2 hours of cross-country flight. To qualify to take a sport-pilot check ride with an FAA-designated pilot examiner, you must log 10 takeoffs and landings.1 solo cross-country flight of at least 75 nautical miles total distance, with 10 landings and take-offs at a minimum of two airports. When compared to the minimum 40 hours of flight instruction required to earn a private pilot certificate, it’s easy to see how earning a sport pilot certificate can cost much less.
A light-sport aircraft is defined as:
- 1,320 pounds maximum takeoff weight for aircraft not intended for operation on water; or
- 1,430 pounds maximum takeoff weight for aircraft intended for operation on water.
- A maximum airspeed in level flight with maximum continuous power (V H) of not more than 120 knots CAS under standard atmospheric conditions at sea level.
- A maximum seating capacity of no more than two persons, including the pilot.
- A single, reciprocating engine.
- A fixed or ground-adjustable propeller if a powered aircraft other than a powered glider.
- A nonpressurized cabin, if equipped with a cabin.
- Maximum airspeed of 120 knots.
- Fixed landing gear, except for an aircraft intended for operation on water or a glider.
- Fixed or repositionable landing gear, or a hull, for an aircraft intended for operation on water.
- A maximum stalling speed or minimum steady flight speed without the use of lift-enhancing devices (V S1) of not more than 45 knots CAS at the aircraft’s maximum certificated takeoff weight and most critical center of gravity.
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Sport Pilot License
The requirements for a Sport Pilot license are not as stringent and easier to meet as described in the 14 CFR Part 61, Subpart J . The Light Sport License have a lot of upside, please refer to the FAR 61.35 for a list of privileges and limitations. Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions, comments, or concerns.