If you are looking for a cost-effective way to fly, the sport pilot certificate and light-sport aircraft (LSA) may be the perfect fit for you. With this certificate, you can operate small LSA aircraft, gliders, powered parachutes, and more without an FAA medical certificate. All you need is a valid driver’s license and be free of any medical conditions that may prohibit you from flying. Keep in mind that LSAs have speed and passenger restrictions and can only be flown during daylight hours. If you only plan to fly during the day and in LSAs, the sport pilot certificate might be the ideal choice for you. However, if you want to fly bigger and faster airplanes with more passengers and potentially at night, obtaining a private pilot certificate and an FAA medical certificate may be the better option.
In order to qualify for the sport pilot certificate, student pilots must:
Fast track becoming a pilot by passing the FAA knowledge test prior to completing your flight training. Gleim offers a variety of sport pilot training materials including all-inclusive pilot kits, online courses, and books.