How To Become A Light Sport Aircraft Pilot

How to Become a Light Sport Aircraft Pilot


Andy Fling

Ever dream about flying, but always thought that it was just out of financial reach? In fact, learning to fly a light sport aircraft will cost you far less than learning to fly one of those big planes, and you can do it is less than half the time.


With a light sport license you’ll be free. Free to fly where you want (as long as you license privileges allow you to), free to fly when you want to (no more lines at the airport), and best of all – no more lost luggage. Here’s the requirements for the light sport pilot license: You are required to be 16 years of age to begin your training to fly a powered light sport aircraft, or 14 years of age to fly an unpowered glider. You must be 17 years of age to test for your license to fly a powered light sport aircraft, or 16 years of age to fly an unpowered glider. United States residents must have a valid drivers license. (It proves that your in good health.) You’ll need to spend about 20 hours in the air with a qualified instructor. Fifteen of these hours will be spent with your trainer, and five of the hours will be spent in solo flight time. It may take a bit more if your trainer doesn’t feel you are ready to head off in to the wild blue yonder by yourself. (He/she is just thinking about your safety… and everyone else’s.) United States residents are required to pass a written test, and an in-flight exam with an FAA official. Note: You are not required to obtain a license if you are interested in flying an ultralight/microlight aircraft, though their are still age restrictions. How much will it cost you ask? Qualifying as a light sport aircraft pilot will set you back about 3,000-3,500. That might seem like a lot of money – and it is – but it’s about half what you will spend for a private pilot/s license. Were you really hoping to get your private pilots license right off? Well, you can do that, but you don’t need to. A sport’s pilot will get you up in the air will limited time and limited dollars. There are a few restrictions at first (no flying at night, no flying more than one passenger), with this type of license, but it does have to be forever. Then, when you are ready to begin training for your private pilot’s license, you can apply every hour of training that you received to become a light sport pilot.

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