Light Sport Training
Our Light Sport Pilot Training is designed to help you get your license in half the time of a private pilot license. With our experienced instructors and comprehensive curriculum, you can expect to gain the knowledge and skills you need to confidently and safely fly light sport aircraft. We offer a variety of training options tailored to your individual needs.
Light Sport Pilot Basics
Preparation for the written test
- You will need to pass a multiple choice knowledge exam.
- You will learn from a Certified Flight Instructor how to become a Light Sport Pilot
Solo flight training
- You will always remember the first time you fly by yourself!
The cross-country flight
- Practice and learn to fly to airports away from your home airport
The oral and practical test
- You will take a check ride from a Designated Pilot Examiner. This is your final test and the examiner will issue your pilot license upon a successful checkride!
The minimum required training time for Airplane is 20 hours
To earn a sport pilot certificate, you must:
Be at least 16 to become a student sport pilot
Be at least 17 to test for a sport pilot certificate
Be able to speak, read, write, and understand English.
Hold a current and valid U.S. driver’s license as evidence of medical eligibility (provided the FAA didn’t deny, revoke, or suspend your last medical certificate application).
Alternatively, you can also use a third class airman’s medical to establish medical fitness.
Pass an FAA sport pilot knowledge test.
Pass a FAA sport pilot practical (flight) test.
Sport Pilot Rules
The FAA defines a light sport aircraft as an aircraft, other than a helicopter or powered-lift that, since its original certification, has continued to meet the following:
Max. Gross Takeoff Weight
1,320 lbs (1,430 lbs for seaplanes)
Max. Stall Speed
51 mph / 45 knots CAS
Max. Speed in Level Flight (VH)
138 mph / 120 knots CAS
Engines / Motors
One (max. if powered.)
Fixed-pitch or ground adjustable
Fixed (except for seaplanes and gliders)
Privileges and Limitations
When operating as a sport pilot, you as the pilot must operate within the following guidelines of the sport pilot certificate:
The holder of a valid sport pilot certificate may:
Operate as pilot in command of a sport pilot eligible aircraft.
Carry a single passenger and share expenses (fuel, oil, airport expenses, and aircraft rental).
Fly during the daytime using visual flight rules (VFR). Three statute miles visibility and visual contact with the ground are required.
Fly Cross-country anywhere in the U.S.
Fly up to 10,000 feet above mean sea level (MSL) or 2,000 feet above ground level (AGL), whichever is higher.
Fly in Class E and G airspace (and B, C, and D airspace with appropriate training).
Sport pilots may not:
Fly in Class A airspace.
Fly in Class B, C, or D airspace until they receive training and a logbook endorsement from an instructor.
Fly outside the U.S. without prior permission from the foreign aviation authority.
Tow any object.
Fly while carrying a passenger or property for compensation or hire.
Fly in furtherance of a business.
How to earn your Light Sport Airplane (LSA)
How will it take?
At least 20 hours is required.
You could earn your Sport Pilot in just a few weeks depending on how frequently your train.
Many students who train part-time will take about 6 weeks to complete the training.
The training rate for the airplane is $145 per hour plus $75 for instructor.
You will need at least 15 hours of instruction and 5 hours of solo flight. So the minimum cost would be around $4000 plus pilot supplies and checkride fees.
Everyone learns at different rates so you should budget for more than the minimum.
What's the Difference between Light Sport and Private?
Private Pilot requires a minimum of 40 hours compared to 20 hours for Sport.
Private Pilot training includes more cross country flight instruction as well as night flying.
Private Pilot also includes a few hours of instrument training practice just in case the pilot ends up in the clouds by accident.
Private Pilots may fly most any type of airplane for personal use with less limits on seats, speed, altitude etc.
Sport Pilots are limited to the rules listed above.
Which should I choose?
As a Sport Pilot you do not need an FAA Medical. You may self certify that you are safe for flight with your driver's license.
You can also train for around half the cost and time of Private Pilot.
You may "upgrade" later to Private Pilot with additional training.
Choose Sport Pilot if you are ok with the privileges and limitations it imposes.
Choose Private Pilot if you would like less restrictions or are training for a career in aviation.