Have you ever imagined on a beautiful day and wish that you could fly around like a bird? Why not become a certified Sport Pilot? It is the Federal Aviation Administration newest certified pilot category, and it is much faster and cheaper than getting a certified Private Pilot. There many types of planes you can fly, this makes you have the feeling that you are actually flying like a bird.
Sport Pilot certification came into force on 1 September 2004. Sport Pilots can be trained and qualified to fly Light Sport Aircraft (LSA), such as aircraft, weight-shift aircraft, powered parachutes, gliders and lighter than air (airships or balloons). The Experimental Aircraft Association believes that gyroplanes will shortly be added to the LSA category, a total of six different types of aircraft could enforce the sport pilot.
The least requirements for becoming a sport pilot are that the applicant should be 16 or older to start the program (or 14 years for gliders) and at least 17 years old to qualify for the license test (16 for gliders). The sport pilot applicant does not need to schedule an appointment with an FAA Designated Medical Examiner to get a flight physical examination since he / she is considered medically qualified with only a valid driving license. (That is, of course, if the applicant is denied not previously, or had revoked FAA medical certificate.) If the prospective sport pilot already owns an FAA medical, that’s fine too! And finally, he / she should be able to read, write, and understand American English.
Whereas becoming a Private Pilot means you must log in at least 40 hours of flight, but the national average right is now almost 65 hours. Of these hours, 20 must be with an instructor and must be at least 10 hours solo. As a Sport pilot candidate, you can qualify for your certification test with as little as 20 hours of flight! You must take and be pass a written examination for both qualifications but with the sport pilot route, you will be much faster and heavier in the air. The best part is, all the time that you log as a sport pilot can be applied toward your private aviator license should you choose to improve later.
Some of the restrictions sport pilots have to be placed on them
1) No flights above 10,000 feet,
2) No flights in airspace around airports controlled by towers,
3) No flights outside the US,
4) No Night flight
5) No flight unless the earth’s surface can be seen as a reference flight.
Additionally sport pilots, can only take one other person flying at a time, so to take all your friends flying would take a very long day! Also taking people fly for compensation or hire is prohibited under the new sport pilot rating, but
With Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI’s) around the US are preparing to teach this new rating, the Sport Pilot certificate would seem to be the best bang for your hard earned dollars.