Plane & Pilot
Sunday, April 1, 2007

Getting That Sport-Pilot Ticket

Sport-pilot certificates are an invitation to fly

Getting That Sport-Pilot TicketIt’s been official since September 1, 2004, and it’s working: the sport-pilot rule is a reality; light-sport aircraft (LSA) and flight training are available; and maintenance facilities are catching on. So, how does one get that sport-pilot certificate? What does it take, and how much does it cost?


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What Does It Cost?
This is a tough question, a lot like, “How much is a car?” Unlike cars, though, you probably shouldn’t be looking for a junker, no matter how cheap it seems. LSA flight training is a lot less expensive than private-pilot training, because (1) you need half as many hours and (2) the aircraft are less expensive to operate. The basic flight regimen currently ranges from about $3,000 to $4,000, depending on geography and how much training you need. A private-pilot certificate, for reference, will cost a newcomer somewhere between $5,500 and $7,000. With your sport-pilot license, though, you can build flight time inexpensively, as you take additional ground training for your private, and LSA time counts toward air-time requirements for most advanced certificates.

The sport-pilot certificate is the best invitation to fly since the introduction of ultralights more than a quarter-century ago; furthermore, the aircraft are more practical, faster and safer. Simply stated, sport-pilot certification is the gateway to general aviation, and the gates are open right now.


FAA requirements:

Aviation Supplies and Academics (ASA):


King Schools:


Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA):

AOPA video:

Sport Pilot Rule (official):

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