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Sport Pilot TrainingThree Reasons to Start Your Pro Pilot Career in an LSA
By Kyle Garrett
Sport pilot training isn't just for the fair-weather fliers. In fact it is currently one of the most exciting areas of flight training in the US for aspiring pilots of any type. Why would a future airline pilot consider starting with a sport pilot certificate? Sport pilot training leads to a certificate faster, is more affordable, and offers a good way to test the waters.
Sport pilot training gets you a certificate faster
Sport pilot training is much more flexible than training for a recreational certificate and doesn't require as much training as a private pilot certificate, but it offers several perks for aspiring aviators. The primary advantage, even for those who go on to higher ratings, is that the required flight hours are half that of the private pilot certificate. Why is this important? It means you will get a check-ride earlier in your training. Check-rides tend to be a source of lots of anxiety for new pilots, but the anxiety fades with each one. Getting a sport pilot certificate just adds one sooner in your career.
Sport pilot training is usually cheaper
Sport pilot training is usually cheaper than the average private pilot course. Obviously this is partly due to the lower number of required flight hours, but more efficient LSA play an important role in this as well. With aircraft available for training that burn less fuel and cost less to buy, rental costs are not as high. Additionally, you may not require as many hours of training to get a private pilot certificate compared to someone without a sport pilot certificate.
Sport pilot training is a good way to sample flying
Something unique to the sport pilot certificate is the ability to self-certify medical fitness with a drivers license. Coupled with reduced costs, a sport pilot certificate is a great way to test the waters. For someone who might enjoy flying or might not, a commitment of a few months and a few thousand dollars is much more palatable than a few years and tens of thousands. Consider sport pilot training like an appetizer, if it fills you up, you're not committed to the entire meal.
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