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Learn To Fly - Sport Pilot

The Sport pilot certificate was created in 2004 to meet demand from pilots flying small, low-powered aircraft, and offers limited privileges. It is the only powered aircraft certificate that generally does not require a medical examination; a driver's license can be used as proof of medical competence.

If you are an aviation enthusiast seeking your first pilot certificate, the sport pilot certificate provides the easiest and least costly way to fly for fun and recreation.

The minimum required training time for the different light sport aircraft categories are:

  • Airplane: 20 hours
  • Powered Parachute: 12 hours
  • Weight-Shift-Control (Trikes): 20 hours
  • Glider: 10 hours
  • Rotorcraft (gyroplane only): 20 hours
  • Lighter-Than-Air: 20 hours (airship) or 7 hours (balloon)

To earn a sport pilot certificate, one must:

  • Be at least 16 to become a student sport pilot (14 for glider).
  • 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. driverís license as evidence of medical eligibility (provided the FAA didnít deny, revoke, or suspend your last medical certificate application). Alternatively, you can also use a third class airmanís medical to establish medical fitness.
  • Pass an FAA sport pilot knowledge test.
  • Pass a FAA sport pilot practical (flight) test.
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