Sport Pilot Certificate Requirements


A sports pilot certificate is required by a candidate to fly an aircraft which has been certified as the LSA (Light sport aircraft) or an aircraft which satisfies the maximum weight standards as per the regulations of FAA (Federal Aviation Administration). The sport pilot certificate limits the privileges to a minimum level and the flying is allowed mainly for recreational purpose. A sport pilot is not allowed to carry more than one passenger with him on the flight.

Requirements to obtain a sports pilot certificate:

  • The candidate should be of a minimum of 17 years in age.
  • The candidate should be able to speak, read, understand and write the English language
  • The candidate must demonstrate 20 hours of flight time out of which 15 hours should be of dual instruction flying and the pilot must be accompanied by a qualified flight instructor. Rest of the five hours can be solo flight hours.
  • The candidate is also required to log a cross country flight of a minimum duration of 2 hours and a minimum of overall 75nm.
  • The candidate is also required to attend dual instruction training for preparing for the Practical test. This must be covered at most 60 days prior to the certificate exam date.
  • The candidate is also required to possess a valid US State driver’s license.
  • The individual applying for sport pilot certificate must possess an at least 3rd class or a higher Airman Medical certificate.
  • The final requirement to obtain the sport pilot certificate is that the candidate must pass a written test followed by an oral test.
  • On successful completion of the above mentioned tests the candidate is required to pass a practical flight test, on completion of whom he will be awarded the pilot certificate for sports use.

Restrictions on the sports pilot certificate:

  • The candidate can fly in the daytime only and the day time is decided as per the civil twilight.
  • The candidate is allowed to take off with a maximum weight of 1250 lbs.
  • The restrictions imposed on the height of flight imply a maximum height of 10,000 feet MSL, and 2000 feet AGL.
  • These candidates are not allowed to fly in any airspace class which requires radio communication. For example class B, C and D. This can only be allowed after obtaining instructor endorsement and additional instruction.
  • More than one passenger in the flight are not allowed.

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