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Sport Pilot License

The time duration of obtaining a sport pilot license depends on student schedule and proficiency. Flying often, studying frequently and efficiently and being prepared for each flight lesson will ensure that the goal is achieved at a lower cost and within the minimal timeframe. The average amount of time to obtain an initial pilot license ranges from 6 to 18 months.
(Faster programs are available –  60 days)

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Sport Pilot License Requirements:

    • 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.

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What are the training requirements for becoming a sport pilot?

  • Training requirements for a sport pilot certificate with airplane category —
    • 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.
    • Sport pilot certificates will be issued without category/class designation — logbook endorsement will be provided for category and class per FAR 61.317.
Cessna 162

Cessna 162 – Sport Pilot Training Aircraft


Sport Pilot License

Sport Pilot License


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


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).


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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