FAA Requirements for Sport Pilot and Light Sport Aircraft
A sport pilot must be at least 16 years old to fly solo (for gliders or balloons) and at least 17 years old to receive your sport pilot license. You must be able to read, write, and speak English fluently.
Have either a medical certificate from an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) designated by the FAA or valid drivers license.
You must get a minimum of 20 hours of flight training which must include at least:
15 hours of flight training with a flight instructor in a single-engine airplane:
2 hours cross-country flight training
10 takeoffs and landings to a full stop involving flight in the traffic pattern at an airport
2 hours of training with an authorized flight instructor within 60 days prior to your practical test
5 hours of solo flight training:
1 solo cross-country flight of at least 75 nautical miles including:
1 full-stop landing at a minimum of 2 points
1 segment of the flight consisting of straight-line distance of at least 25 nautical miles between takeoff and landing
The most convenient way to get your flight time is enroll in flight school or join a flying club.
Pass the written exam with a score of 70% or better
Complete a check ride with an FAA-certified examiner who will accompany you on the flight.
Rental Aircraft: Piper Cub PA-11
Your Light Sport Pilots License for as little as $3075
Aircraft Rental 20 hrs
Flight Instruction 15 hrs
Ground Instruction 5 hrs
Arrow Member Advantage
*This estimate does not include cost of books, written test or practical test. Estimate includes only the cost of the bare minimum number of hours required by the FAA (20 hrs). To get these rates, one must join The Arrow Club.
9% discount is offered for each $500 prepaid block of instruction of aircraft rental.
Block discount can only be used for instructor time and aircraft rental, not textbooks or tests.