To earn a sport pilot certificate, you’ll need to:
- Meet the minimum age requirement:
- Be at least 16 to become a student pilot and fly solo (14 for gliders).
- Be at least 17 to test for a sport pilot certificate (16 for gliders).
- Be able to read, write, and understand English.
- Hold a current and valid U.S. driver’s license as evidence of medical eligibility (provided the FAA didn’t deny, revoke, or suspend your last medical certificate application). Alternatively, you can also use a third class airman’s medical to establish medical fitness.
- Pass an FAA sport pilot knowledge test, also known as the written test.
- Complete a minimum of 20 hours of training for an airplane; times vary for other aircraft types.
- Pass an FAA sport pilot practical test, also known as the flight test or checkride.