Take Flight Aviation
Sport Pilot Training
A Sport Pilot Certificate enables you to fly certain aircraft with a less rigorous training curriculum than a standard private pilot certificate. After obtaining your rating, you will be able to fly yourself and one other passenger during daylight hours in most U.S. airspace below 10,000 feet.
What is the first step I need to take to become a sport pilot?
You may consider getting an FAA medical certificate or plan on using your current and valid U.S. driver's license. In addition,you will need to get a student pilot certificate.
Driver's license and the student pilot certificate:
The Sport Pilot rule allows a pilot to fly light sport aircraft without the need for an FAA medical certificate. However, a sport pilot must hold at least a current and valid U.S. driver's license in order to exercise this privilege. The only exceptions are for operations in a glider or balloon, which does not require a driver's license.
A person using a current and valid U.S. driver's license must comply with each restriction and limitation imposed by that person's U.S. driver's license and any judicial or administrative order applying to the operation of a motor vehicle. That person must also meet the requirements of 14 CFR 61.23(c)(2), which states the following:
Have been found eligible for the issuance of at least a third class airman certificate at the time of his or her most recent application (if the person has applied for a medical certificate);
Not have had his or her most recently issued medical certificate (if the person has held a medical certificate) suspended or revoked or most recent Authorization for a Special Issuance of a Medical Certificate withdrawn; and
Not know or have reason to know of any medical condition that would make that person unable to operate a light sport aircraft in a safe manner.
* A student pilot certificate, FAA Form 8710-2, can be obtained from your local flight standards district office (FSDO) or designated pilot examiner (DPE).
What are the sport pilot eligibility 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.
What are the training requirements to become a sport pilot?
A minimum of 20 hours flight time (including 15 hours of flight training from an authorized instructor and 5 hours solo time)
What are the sport pilot privileges and limitations?
A sport pilot may share the operating expenses of a flight with a passenger, provided the expenses involve only fuel, oil, airport expenses, or aircraft rental fees. A sport pilot must pay at least half the operating expenses of the flight
A sport pilot may not act as pilot in command of a light sport aircraft:
That is carrying a passenger or property for compensation or hire
For compensation or hire
In furtherance of a business
While carrying more than one passenger
In Class A airspace
In Class B, C, or D airspace, at an airport located in Class B, C, or D airspace, and to, from, through, or at an airport having an operational control tower unless you have received ground and flight training and a logbook endorsement from an authorized instructor in accordance with 61.325 certifying you are authorized to exercise these privileges
Outside the United States, unless you have prior authorization from the country in which you seek to operate. A sport pilot certificate carries the limitation "Holder does not meet ICAO requirements"
In a passenger-carrying airlift sponsored by a charitable organization
At an altitude of more than 10,000 feet msl
When the flight or surface visibility is less than 3 statute miles
Without visual reference to the surface
If the aircraft has a maximum forward speed in level flight exceeds 87 knots CAS, unless having met the requirements of 61.327
Contrary to any operating limitation placed on the airworthiness certificate of the aircraft being flown
Contrary to any limitation or endorsement on your pilot certificate, airman medical certificate, U.S. driver's license, or any other limitation or logbook endorsement from an authorized instructor
Contrary to any restriction or limitation on the sport pilot's U.S. driver's license or any restriction or limitation imposed by judicial or administrative order when using a driver's license to satisfy the requirements of Part 61
While towing any object
As a pilot flight crewmember on any on any aircraft for which more than one pilot is required by the type certificate of the aircraft or the regulations under which the flight is conducted.
What types of airplanes can I fly?
Currently, Take Flight Aviation offers a Tecnam P92 Eaglet
What is a light sport aircraft?
1,320 pounds maximum takeoff weight for aircraft not intended for operation on water; or
1,430 pounds maximum takeoff weight for aircraft intended for operation on water
A maximum airspeed in level flight with maximum continuous power (Vh) of not more than 120 knots CAS under standard atmospheric conditions at sea level
A maximum seating capacity of no more than two persons, including the pilot
A single, reciprocating engine
A fixed or ground-adjustable propeller if a powered aircraft other than a powered glider
A non pressurized cabin, if equipped with a cabin
Maximum airspeed of 120 knots
Fixed landing gear, except for an aircraft intended for operation on water or a glider
Fixed or re-positionable landing gear, or a hull, for an aircraft intended for operation on water
A maximum stalling speed or minimum steady flight speed without the use of lift-enhancing devices (Vs1) of not more than 45 knots CAS at the aircraft's maximum certificated takeoff weight and ost critical center of gravity
I'm a certified pilot without a medical.
Can I fly as a sport pilot?
Yes, if you already hold at least a recreational pilot certificate and have allowed your medical to expire, you might be able to fly without an FAA medical certificate, even if your most recent medical was a special issuance. You need the following to qualify:
You must hold at least a recreational pilot certificate
You must have a current, valid state-issued driver's license
Your application for your last FAA medical certificate cannot have been denied
Your most recent issued medical must not have been suspended or revoked
If you held a Special Issuance Medical, it must not have been withdrawn
You cant have a medical condition that makes you an unsafe pilot
You must be able to self-certify that you are medically fit to fly
Do I need to perform a checkride to get an additional category and or class rating?
No, a checkride is not required. But you will need to follow the provisions of 14 CFR 61.321, which requires the following:
Receive a logbook endorsement from the authorized instructor who trained you on the applicable aeronautical knowledge areas specified in 61.309 and areas of operation specified in 61.311
Successfully complete a proficiency check from an authorized instructor other than the instructor who trained you in aeronautical and operational areas
Complete an FAA form 878710.11 Airmen Certificate and/or Rating Application and present it to the instructor who conducted the proficiency check
Receive a logbook endorsement from the instructor who conducted the proficiency check certifying that you are proficient in the applicable areas of operation and aeronautical knowledge areas, and that you are authorized for the additional category and class light-sport aircraft privilege
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, class, make and model
Alien Flight Training
Take Flight Aviation is now eligable to train foreign flight students. Below is some information on some of the requirements necessary to obtain a Pilots License if you are not an American citizen. While this information is not comprehensive it will give you a good starting point.
You must participate in the Alien Flight Student Program and undergo a security threat assessment if:
You are an alien; and
You are seeking flight training inside or outside the United States for U.S. airman certificate under 14 CFR. This rule applies to flight training that you could use toward a recreational, sport, or private pilot certificate; multiengine or instrument rating; or any initial U.S. airman certificate issued by FAA.
NOTE: Information on this page applies only to aliens training in aircraft with a maximum certificate takeoff weight of 12,500 pounds or less. If you are training in an aircraft exceeding this weight read, TSA Background Checks for Training in Aircraft over 12,500.
As an alien, you are NOT required to participate in the AFSP and undergo a security threat assessment if:
You are seeking recurrent training, such as a flight review, instrument proficiency check, or flight training listed under 14 CFR 61.31; or
You are seeking ground training; or
You are participating in a discovery or demonstration flight for marketing purposes; or
The Department of Defense or U.S. Coast Guard (or a contractor with either) is providing your training.
You have been endorsed by the U.S. Department of Defense. Click here for instructions if you have been endorsed by DoD.
These exemptions are further clarified at www.flightschoolcandidates.gov.