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Sport Pilot Academy Information

Course Curriculum
Flight experience will be comprised of a minimum of 20 hours’ flight time, including:

  • 15 hours of flight training with instructor
  • 5 hours solo
  • Normal procedures
  • Slow flight and stalls
  • Ground reference maneuverers
  • Performance maneuvers
  • Pattern work/takeoffs and landings
  • Emergency procedures
  • Solo and cross-country milestones
  • Preparation for checkride

The ground school portion of the training course will be comprised of approximately 40 hours of lessons, including topics such as:

  • Aerodynamic theory
  • Flight controls
  • Airport operations
  • Radio communications
  • Federal regulations, certificates, and documents
  • National Airspace System
  • Flight planning and navigation
  • Aeromedical and human factors
  • Principles of flight
  • Weight and balance
  • Flight instruments
  • Aircraft systems
  • Weather
  • Maintenance and inspections
  • Aeronautical decision-making and risk management

Following satisfactory completion of ground school, flight training milestones, and all associated tasks, student pilots will take their sport pilot practical test, or checkride, with an FAA designated pilot examiner (DPE).

Course Materials
You will be provided with the following essential course materials:

  • Student binder
  • Kneeboard
  • Pilot logbook
  • VFR sectional chart
  • Checklists

Reference publications:

  • The Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge
  • The Airplane Flying Handbook
  • FAA Airmen Certification Standards
  • RV-12 pilot’s operating handbook and flight training supplement

The only equipment you will be required to bring is a CX-3 flight computer and sectional plotter such as the Ultimate Rotating Flight Plotter. You will be provided with a headset for use during training, but you are free to bring and use your own if so desired.

Class Size and Faculty
Our certified flight instructors were hand-selected and trained for this program. They are dedicated to your training, in flight and on the ground, so if you have questions or need some additional time, you’ll get it without paying extra. The class size is limited to six students, with a maximum of two students per instructor to ensure the highest levels of quality instruction and focused attention.

The “Only in Oshkosh” Experience

While training in Oshkosh, EAA will offer a variety of unique activities, including:

  • Guest speakers and meet-and-greets
  • EAA Aviation Museum and behind-the-scenes tours
  • Flight experiences in a variety of EAA aircraft
  • KOSH air traffic control tower tour
  • Lambeau Field stadium tour (time allowing)
  • And much more!

Training Fees
The total training fee is $9,999.00, which includes the use of school aircraft and equipment, fuel, flight instruction, lodging, meals, and other associated costs (i.e., examiner fees and museum admission); the only associated costs not included in the training fee are that of a personal flight computer, sectional plotter, and the FAA knowledge test fee (approximately $140.00 with an EAA member discount at a PSI Lasergrade Centers).

Please note: Although EAA fully intends for every student to leave the course with a Sport Pilot certificate in hand and will make every effort to do so, the issuance of your certificate cannot be guaranteed. In rare cases, various factors beyond the control of EAA, such as weather, student aptitude, or physical abilities may prevent a student from earning their certificate.

For more information, please contact sportpilotacademy@eaa.org.

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