Sport Pilot

The Light Sport rating is the quickest and most affordable way into the left seat.  

Pilot requirements

  • For the sport pilot certificate, you must:

    • Be at least 17 years old (or 16 years old if you are applying to operate a glider or balloon).

    • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand English.

    • Hold at least a third class medical, or hold a current and valid U.S. driver's license for operations in light-sport aircraft other than a glider or balloon.

Training requirements.​​

  • A minimum of 20 hours flight time including:

    • 15 hours of flight training from an authorized instructor.

    • 5 hours solo flight.

    • Flight training must include at least:

      • 2 hours cross-country flight training.

      • 10 takeoffs and landings to a full stop.

      • One solo cross-country flight of at least 75 nautical miles total distance with a full-stop landing at a minimum of two points and one segment of the flight consisting of a straight-line distance of at least 25 nautical miles between takeoff and landing locations.

      • 3 hours flight training in preparation for the practical test.

      • Ground training from an instructor or home-study course.

    • FAA knowledge test on applicable aeronautical knowledge areas.

    • FAA practical test for the applicable light-sport aircraft privilege.