World Center for Sport Pilot and Light Sport Aircraft
“The exhilaration of flying is too keen,
the pleasure too great, for it to be neglected as a sport.”
Welcome to SportPilot.com. Our goal is to provide a website that connects you with the people you need for all aspects of obtaining a Sport Pilot License and flying Light Sport Aircraft. Browse all of the Light Sport Aircraft manufacturer’s websites, buy or sell a Light Sport Aircraft, advertise parts, supplies or aviation gear, locate a flight school or read the latest aviation news affecting Sport Pilots and the Light Sport Aircraft industry - you are in the right place.
SportPilot.com is here for the people who are, or plan to be, Sport Pilots. The FAA’s new Sport Pilot Certificate category has inspired thousands of individuals, many of whom are inactive privates pilots who, for various reasons (financial consideration being a big one), gave up flying years ago, along with a huge group of people with no flight experience who thought learning to fly was too time consuming and too expensive. Sport Pilot changes things - now all it takes is a valid driver’s license and 20 hours of flight training to fly a two place airplane - at half the cost of conventional Private Pilot training!
Take a cross-country trip or just fly low and slow for an hour or so, the Sport Pilot Certificate is an affordable way to enjoy the fun and adventure of flight.
T211 Thorpedo, first US manufactured aircraft to earn the Special Airworthiness Cerificate
WHAT IS SPORT PILOT AND LIGHT SPORT AIRCRAFT?
Here are some general guidelines:
What is a Sport Pilot?
- You must be a minimum of 17 years of age. (16 for glider and balloon)
- You must be able to read, write, and understand the English language.
- All applicants must take a 40 question multiple choice test and score 70% or better.
- You must have a valid drivers license or an FAA medical.
- You must complete 20 hours of flight time. (15 hours with an instructor and 5 hours of solo time)
What is a Light Sport Aircraft?
The FAA has defined light sport aircraft as simple-to-operate, easy-to-fly aircraft that, since initial certification,
has continued to meet the following performance definition:
- Maximum gross weight of 1320 lbs.
- Maximum stall speed of 51 mph (45 knots)
- Two place maximum (pilot and one passenger)
- Fixed landing gear
- Fixed or ground adjustable propeller
- Day VFR (daylight civil twilight) flight only
- Fly up to 10,000 feet above mean sea level (MSL)
- Fly in class E and G airspace only (class B, C and D airspace with appropriate training)
- Cross country flying anywhere in the USA
In addition to fixed-wing airplanes, the definition of a light sport aircraft also includes powered parachutes, weight-shift control aircraft, balloon airplanes, gliders and gyroplanes.
Any aircraft that meets the definition of light sport aircraft as called out in FAR Part 1.1 is eligible to be operated by a Sport Pilot. These aircraft can be certified in any category , such as standard, experimental amateur-built, experimental exhibition, experimental light sport aircraft (E-LSA) or special light sport aircraft (S-LSA).
FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ON LIGHT SPORT AIRCRAFT VISIT
EAA’S EXCELLENT WEBSITE AT: www.sportpilot.org
SportPilot.com’s Rans S-6ES at
Marble Canyon Airport, Arizona 10/10/07
SportPilot.com’s Rans S-6ES at
Monument Valley Airport, Utah 10/10/07