Sport Pilot License

Our Training goals are:

  1. Provide the best, most efficient training and learning environment for you.
  2. Keep our 100% accident/incident free safety record intact and train you to be a safe and exceptional pilot.
  3. Cater to your individual needs and customize your training program to achieve your goals.
  4. Make it a very rewarding and enjoyable learning experience.

When you have your Sport Pilot License, you’ll be able to fly a sport category airplane, normally a two seater with friends and family for recreation or on trips around the country, even internationally. Typically you’ll fly a rented/owned sport airplane that flies at speeds in the 110 to 130 mph.You’ll have access to thousands of airports around the country and will be able to take trips in a weekend that would require days of traveling by car. Perhaps most important, though, you’ll have the freedom of the skies, able to take off and enjoy the breathtaking scenery and freedom of the skies whenever you choose. You’ll also have set yourself apart from the majority of the population, mastered a great challenge, experienced probably the greatest adventure of all, and have become one of the few who master the skies. Obtaining a sport pilot license can be significantly easier and cheaper than a private pilot license. The FAA training requirements for the license is much lesser than private pilot license. This license is also very popular for pilots who are training for recreational reasons. The sport pilot license does not require an FAA medical examination.

What is a Light Sport Aircraft

  • 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:
  • Maximum gross takeoff weight—1,320 lbs, or 1,430 lbs for seaplanes.
  • Lighter-than-air maximum gross weight—660 lbs (300 kg.)
  • Maximum stall speed—51 mph (45 knots)
  • Maximum speed in level flight with maximum continuous power (Vh)—138 mph (120 knots)
  • Single or two-seat aircraft only
  • Single, reciprocating engine (if powered), including rotary or diesel engines
  • Fixed or ground-adjustable propeller
  • Unpressurized cabin
  • Fixed landing gear, except for an aircraft intended for operation on water or a glider
  • Can be manufactured and sold ready-to-fly under a new Special Light-Sport aircraft certification category. Aircraft must meet industry consensus standards. Aircraft under this certification may be used for sport and recreation, flight training, and aircraft rental.
  • Can be licensed Experimental Light-Sport Aircraft (E-LSA) if kit- or plans-built. Aircraft under this certification may be used only for sport and recreation and flight instruction for the owner of the aircraft.
  • Will have FAA registration (N-number).
  • Aircraft category and class includes: Airplane (Land/Sea), Gyroplane, Airship, Balloon, Weight-Shift-Control (“Trike” Land/Sea), and Powered Parachute.
  • U.S. or foreign manufacture of light-sport aircraft is authorized.
  • Aircraft with a standard airworthiness certificate that meet above specifications may be flown by sport pilots. However, the aircraft must remain in standard category and cannot be changed to light-sport aircraft category. Holders of a sport pilot certificate may fly an aircraft with a standard airworthiness certificate if it meets the definition of a light-sport aircraft.
  • May be operated at night if the aircraft is equipped per FAR 91.205, if such operations are allowed by the aircraft’s operating limitations and the pilot holds at least a Private Pilot certificate and a minimum of a third-class medical.

Our Light Sport Trainer airplane – REMOS GX Sport

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Remos GX
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Full Glass Cockpit Dynon Instrumentation

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Length: 21 ft 3 in (6.48 m)
  • Wingspan: 30 ft 6 in (9.30 m)
  • Height: 7 ft 5 in (2.26 m)
  • Wing area: 118 sq ft (11.0 m2)
  • Empty weight: 705 lb (320 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1,320 lb (599 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 21 US gallons (79.49 litres) usable
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 912ULS four cylinder horizontally opposed aircraft engine, 100 hp

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  • Cruise speed: 123 mph (107 kn; 198 km/h)
  • Stall speed: 44 mph (38 kn; 71 km/h) with full flaps
  • Range: 552 mi; 889 km (480 nmi)
  • Endurance: 6.0 hours
  • Service ceiling: 15,000 ft (4,572 m)
  • G limits: +4/-2
  • Maximum glide ratio: 10:1
  • Rate of climb: 1,280 ft/min (6.5 m/s)

Sport Pilot Requirements

To become a Sport Pilot typically involves between 20 and 40 hours of flight time, some ground training, and pass the FAA test. The law requires you must have at least 20 flight hours, but passing in such a short time is fairly unusual; the national average is around 30 to 40 hours. You might spend anywhere from a month to several months to obtain the license depending on how frequently you train. In the region of two to three months is typical if you’re working a full-time job and have a family. Most of your flight hours will be with an instructor, but part-way through your training, you will start to fly solo, entirely by yourself. The first solo flight is a great event in every pilot’s career, regardless of whether that pilot becomes a military, airline, or other professional, or just flies for fun.

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Fold-able Wings

The FAA tests are carefully conducted for fairness and consistency, and if you’re a safe and competent pilot, properly prepared by your instructor, you should pass easily. One test is a computer based, multiple choice format, while the other is a practical test, often called the “checkride.” In the practical test, your examiner will ask you oral questions, and take you flying to determine if your skills are up to the required standards. There are published testing standards by which you would be tested by the examiner.Your instructor will train you to perform at the required standards.

The requirements to be certificated (“licensed”) as a Sport Pilot vary depending on the privileges sought. For a Sport Pilot certificate with Airplane privileges, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 17 years of age.
  • Possess a currently valid Airman Medical Certificate or a state-issued driver’s license.
  • Be able to read, write, and speak the English language.
  • Be able to prove U.S. citizenship or nationality, or else comply with TSA procedures for alien flight training eligibility & application.
  • Have completed the following flight training as a student pilot training under a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) or Certified Flight Instructor – Light Sport (CFI-LS):
    • A minimum of 20 hours flight time, including:
      • 15 Hours of dual flight instruction (flight training with an instructor in the    aircraft with you)
      • 5  Hours solo
      • 2  Hours dual cross-country
      • 01 Hour solo cross-country flight
      • 03 Hours of test prep instruction
  • Pass the FAA Sport Pilot Knowledge Test (computerized “written” test)
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Remos on Floats

CLICK TO READ – FAA regulations for Training Requirements and Eligibility for Sport Pilot license

Medical Requirements

Sport Pilots who possess a current and valid U.S. driver’s license don’t have to have an Airman Medical Certificate, but some requirements and conditions do apply.
Again, your health and safety come first; so if you think you’re sick, then see a doctor and get advise and treatment.

Where the Sport Pilot Rule differs is in two regards:

  1. The “Driver’s License Medical”

Sport pilots (other than pilots who fly only gliders or free balloons, for which no medical certificate is required in any case) may satisfy the medical requirement in either of two ways:

  1. They must hold a currently valid Airman Medical Certificate issued by an Aviation Medical Examiner, or
  2. They must hold a currently valid U.S. driver’s license.

A pilot who uses a driver’s license to meet the medical requirement must comply with any restrictions on his or her driver’s license, such as a requirement that he or she wear corrective lenses.

Individuals who previously held an Airman Medical Certificate or an Authorization for Special Issuance that has been denied, suspended, withdrawn, or revoked; or whose most recent application for an Airman Medical Certificate did not result in their being found qualified for at least a third-class Airman Medical Certificate, cannot use a driver’s license to exercise Sport Pilot privileges.

 

Cost of obtaining your Sport Pilot License is made up of airplane rental, instructor time, books and study materials, pilot supplies, and the FAA test fees. Obviously the final cost depends heavily on how many lessons you need before you’re ready to take the tests. Another significant variable is the airplane you decide to fly while learning. Many people choose to fly a Remos GX Light Sport plane  while they’re pursuing a Sport Pilot license, and that will typically cost $119-$129 per hour to rent. Expect your instructor fee in the region of $40 to $50/hour, for flight and ground training time. You can minimize the costs of “ground school” by studying the online course or books by yourself as much as possible and turning up to each lesson well prepared.

For a reasonably realistic working budget you should consider airplane and instructor time, add perhaps $300 for books and materials, another $150~$500 for a headset (you’ll probably want your own) and charts, and about $500 for the exam fees. The costs are spread over the time you take to complete your license, so typically expect to be paying this total over six to twelve months. Budget for a regular monthly outgoing based on the amount you can afford, and schedule your flight time limited by that and what your lifestyle will allow. Look on this as a journey, rather than a single achievement, as you’ll presumably want to continue flying after you have been awarded your pilot certificate. Some lenders offer financing for flight instruction. Notably, if you’re a Veteran, your benefits can be used for some aspects of flight training. Your total cost of training will depend on how quick a learner you are and how frequently and consistently you train. Most students are able to obtain the Sport License at a cost of $5500-$7500, if they train consistently.

Your First Lesson

Your first lesson is  more of information gathering, your instructor will answer any questions you might have: about airplanes, about how to fly, about costs, and about what to expect for the rest of the time you’re a student pilot. But rather than spend a lot of time on the ground, the main point of the first lesson will be to do some flying and get the feel for being in the air. If there’s some local areas you’d like to overfly, ask your instructor, if it’s reasonable, you can probably do that. We offer gift and introductory flight packages. In these flights, you can expect to do much of the flying, but if you’d rather just go along for the ride and get the feel for what’s happening, perhaps even just to decide if you like the experience, you can do that too. Your instructor will try to find out what you’d like to do and the only important thing is that you should enjoy it.

If you take an introductory flight with us, bring your camera along; you can take pictures from the air, perhaps of your home or other favorite landmarks in the vicinity , and take a few pictures of you with the airplane. We can also provide you with the Gopro video of the flight for a small fee.

Course Costs & Fees

Accelerated Sport Pilot Course

Total Days of Training : 30-45 Days ( 3 times /week) 2 hour lessons.

Prerequisites for Course:

Driver’s License

Prepared for FAA written exam

Recommended – Written Test Passed

Book your introductory flight lesson

Call          (916) 421 6756
Toll Free  (855) 572 9378
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