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Sport Pilot TrainingThree Reasons To Pursue A Sport Pilot Certificate
By Kyle Garrett
As an industry, flight training hadn't seen many changes for quite a while until sport pilot came around. This new category of pilot certificate is still relatively new, but it is established enough that it is well known and accessible. As such, it is a great way to start you aviation adventure. Where in the past, flying anything heavier an ultralight required a minimum of 30 hours, sport pilot cuts through some of the more stringent training requirements in favor of a few restrictions on your flying.
A quicker path to certification
Thanks to its pared-down requirements, sport pilot training is more flexible than a recreational certificate with only about half as much required training as a private pilot certificate. If you can cope with the restrictions, like no night flying and only being able to pilot LSA, a sport pilot certificate may be a dream come true. After all, the sport pilot certificate was originally intended as a low-cost way for casual pilots to get in the cockpit. Thankfully, it also happens to be a great way to start a professional pilot career.
No medical exam
It may sound like some kind of sales pitch for cut-rate insurance, but something unique to sport pilots is the ability to self-certify medical fitness. The "drivers license medical" allows sport pilots to skip a little paperwork as long as they've never been denied a medial certificate. While it may not represent a huge cost savings, given the amount of time a medical certificate is good for, but it is certainly a time-saver for many pilots.
Depending on your outlook, the area where sport pilot is most restrictive is aircraft selection. As part of the regulations, sport pilots can only fly aircraft meeting the light sport aircraft, or LSA, standard. While it is restrictive, it isn't overly so and generally it isn't a mystery whether a plane is an LSA or not. There are plenty of purpose-built LSA, like the Remos GX or Icon A5, and still more legacy LSA, like the Piper Cub or Aeronca Champ, just waiting. Just don't expect to go tooling around in the ubiquitous Cessna 150 or 172.
Whether you're no more than a casual flier or embarking on a long professional pilot career, sport pilot training is a great way to learn to fly. There are many benefits to this new and exciting market that easily outweigh the few restrictions imposed by the new regulations. Why not give it a try and start your sport pilot flight training today?
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