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Sport Pilot License Certificate, Procedures and Aviation Show

Sport Pilot License Certificate, Procedures and Aviation ShowAccording to FAA, the rule requires a person who holds a student pilot certificate while seeking a sport pilot certificate to comply with the limitations established in §61.89(c) and the medical eligibility requirements established in § 61.3.

Eligibility requirements:

An applicant for a student pilot certificate must:
1.  Read, write, speak and understand English, (if not, refer to AC 60-28);
2.  Be at least 16 years of age for airplane, gyroplane, airship, weight-shift control, or powered parachute (14 years of age for balloons and gliders);

Medical Eligibility:

An applicant for student pilot certificate seeking sport pilot —
Must hold either a medical certificate or U.S. driver’s license
A person must hold and possess either a valid medical certificate issued under part 67 or a current and valid U.S. driver’s license when exercising the privileges of a student pilot certificate while seeking sport pilot privileges in a light-sport aircraft other than a glider or balloon.

Sport Pilot for Student Pilots Q and A

What is the first step I need to take to become a sport pilot?
You should first consider getting an FAA medical certificate or plan on using your current and valid U.S. driver’s license. Additionally, you will need to get a student pilot certificate. Please see the information below for more details on the option you can choose:
FAA medical and the student pilot certificate:
Medical certificates, or “medicals” for short, are required for anyone other than a sport pilot who is acting as pilot in command. There are three kinds of medicals: first, second, and third class, each with its own requirements, duration, and privileges.
Usually the medical certificate and student pilot certificate are combined on one form, FAA Form 8420-2, and are issued by a doctor, called an aviation medical examiner (AME), who has been approved by the FAA to administer the medical exam.

The combination medical/student pilot certificate is easy to carry in your logbook, wallet, or purse and required to be in your possession when you fly solo. The difference between the regular medical certificate and the combination medical and student pilot certificate is that, on the back of the medical/student pilot certificate, there is space for the flight instructor’s endorsements that are required for your solo flights.

A medical is not required for operations in a glider or balloon.

Overall, you should consider obtaining a medical prior to investing time and money into your flight training. It is best to find out sooner than later whether you’re medically qualified to fly or not. Source FAA

Pilot’s Guide to Medical Certification.

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 medical 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).
Why Sport License Vs. Private Pilot License

The pros and cons of a sport pilot license compared to a private pilot license are given by Rod Machado.

The Upside

First, a sport pilot license doesn’t require that you have an FAA issued third-class medical certificate. It only requires that you have a valid U.S. drivers license without having an official denial or revocation of an FAA medical certificate on file with the FAA. This means if you have a drivers license then the FAA considers you medically qualified to fly as a sport pilot in a sport airplane.

Second, the sport pilot license requires only 20 hours of flight time in preparation for your license compared to 40 hours minimum preparation for a private pilot certificate. This means you’ll meet the sport pilot license requirement with as little as 15 hours of dual instruction from a certified flight instructor and five hours solo flight time (realistically, you should plan on 30-35 hours of training time).

While a written (knowledge) test and a practical flight test are still required for the sport license, there’s no doubt that you’ll dramatically reduce the cost of learning to fly, perhaps as much as 60% as compared to that for private pilot licensing.

The Downside (if you want to call it that)

As a sport pilot you’re limited to flying a single- or two-place light sport aircraft during daylight hours and you can’t ever carry more than one passenger. There are other limitations but these are the most relevant ones. Now, this isn’t necessarily a big downside. As a general rule, most folks only fly with one person at a time anyway. And while flying at night is an aesthetic experience, you’d be surprised how little night flying most pilots really do. Nevertheless, these are limitations to be considered. full story, Source

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