Sport Pilot Training

Sport Pilot training is accomplished in a Flight Design CTLS light sport airplane. These airplanes are very capable and fun aircraft designed specifically for the light sport (LSA) market. We also do Light Sport taildragger endorsements and training in a Piper J3 Cub.

Sport Pilot Eligibility:

1. Be at least 17 years of age to take practical exam. No age requirement to begin training

2. Hold a valid U.S. drivers license

3. Be able to read, speak, write, and understand English

Sport Pilot Limitations:

1. No night flying

2. No flights outside of the U.S. (with some exceptions)

3. No flight above 10,000 feet

4. No more than one passenger

5. May not carry passengers or property for compensation or hire

6. Sports Pilots are only eligible to fly aircraft that fall within the light-sport aircraft category as defined by the FAA

7. No flight in any of the airspace classes that require radio communication without an instructor's endorsement

Before you fly solo you will need:

1. Student's pilot certificate

2. Valid U.S. driver's license

3. Complete all pre-solo flight trading including but not limited to: pre-flight, taxing, takeoffs, climbs, turns, landings, emergency procedures

4. Flight instructor endorsement

5. Be able to competently and safely fly the airplane in the local area

Before the practical test you will need to:

1. Complete all pre-solo requirements

2. Pass the Sport Pilot Aeronautical knowledge test with a score of 70% or better

3. Complete a minimum of 20 hours of flight time

4. Flight instructor endorsement

Note: There is no minimum flight hour requirement for solo flight, but your solo flight privileges are at your flight instructor's discretion

Prior to flight training:

The student must present either a birth certificate or passport to prove U.S. citizenship prior to training in accordance with the TSA or a FAA license and a picture ID. If you do not have a FAA license and are a foreign national, contact us and we will help you through the process to get your TSA clearance. Allow a minimum of 2 weeks. 250 lbs. weight limit.

  • Bring a photo ID (driver's license) and a passport or a birth certificate to prove U.S. citizenship as required by Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen and do not already have a FAA license, contact us and we will guide you through the process of obtaining TSA clearance for initial flight training in the U.S.
  • Be prepared to take guidance from your instructor(s). Be prepared to learn!
  • 250 pound weight limit
  • If you have any medical or physical issues, please discuss those with us beforehand

20 Hour Flight Time Breakdown:

15 hours of flight training which includes:

  • 10 hours of various maneuvers and procedures
  • 2 hours of cross country flight
  • 3 hours of preparation within 60 days of the practical test

5 hours of solo flight which includes:

  • 5 hours of various maneuvers and procedures
  • 1 solo cross country flight of at least 75 nautical miles total distance with a full stop landing at a minimum of 2 points and 1 segment of the flight consisting of a straight line distance of at least 25 nautical miles between takeoff and landing

Note: While the regulations require a minimum of 20 hours of flight time, 30 to 40 hours is more likely. As with your solo flight, it is up to you and your instructor's discretion when you take the practical test.