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Privileges & Limitations

When operating as a sport pilot, you as the pilot must operate within the following guidelines of the sport pilot certificate:

Privileges

The holder of a valid sport pilot certificate may:

  • Operate as pilot in command of a sport pilot eligible aircraft.
  • Carry a single passenger and share expenses (fuel, oil, airport expenses, and aircraft rental).
  • Fly during the daytime using visual flight rules (VFR). Three statute miles visibility and visual contact with the ground are required.
  • Fly Cross-country anywhere in the U.S.
  • Fly up to 10,000 feet above mean sea level (MSL) or 2,000 feet above ground level (AGL), whichever is higher.
  • Fly in Class E and G airspace (and B, C, and D airspace with appropriate training).

Limitations

Sport pilots may not:

  • Fly in Class A airspace.
  • Fly in Class B, C, or D airspace until they receive training and a logbook endorsement from an instructor.
  • Fly outside the U.S. without prior permission from the foreign aviation authority.
  • Tow any object.
  • Fly while carrying a passenger or property for compensation or hire.
  • Fly in furtherance of a business.
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