Requirements for Obtaining Your Sport Pilot Certificate
- Be at least 17 years old.
- Be able to read, write and converse fluently in English.
- Log at least 20 hours of flight time of which at least:
- 15 hours must be dual instruction with a qualified flight instructor.
- 2 hours must be cross-country dual instructor.
- 5 hours must be solo flight.
- Fly one solo cross-country over a total distance of over 75 nm to two different destinations to a full-stop landing. At least one leg of this cross-country must be over 25 nm.
- Have received 3 hours of dual instruction in the preceding 60 days before the practical test.
- Pass an oral and practical flight test, which will be conducted by and FAA designated examiner in accordance with the FAA Sport Pilot Practical Test Standards.
Mid Island Flying School uses the Gleim training materials which specialize in pilot training text, Test Prep CD-Rom, online, audios, kits, and accessories for airplane pilot training. The Sport Pilot certificate covers gliders, gyrocopters, powered parachutes, and weight shift aircraft; however, Gleim's material is limited to airplanes. Gleim will help you learn and understand aeronautical regulations, concepts, procedures, theories and other extensive aviation knowledge. Gleim will enable you to master the skills and abilities necessary to become a safe and competent pilot.
To receive a FAA sport pilot certificate, you need to be at least 17 years old, be fluent in English, and be of good health as evidenced by holding a US driver's license. Sport Pilot certificates NEVER expire - they are good for life!
You must also PASS 2 FAA tests:
- FAA PILOT KNOWLEDGE TEST consisting of 40 multiple choice questions covering:
- Applicable regulations of this chapter that relate to sport pilot privileges, limits, and fligh operations.
- Accident reporting requirements of the National Transportation Safety Board.
- Use of the applicable portions of the aeronautical information manual and FAA advisory circulars.
- Use of aeronautical charts for VFR navigation using pilotage, dead reckoning, and navigation systems as appropriate.
- Recognition of critical weather situations from the ground and in flight, windshear avoidance, and the procurement and use of aeronautical weather reports and forecasts.
- Safe and efficient operation of aircraft, including collision avoidance, and recognition and avoidance of wake turbulence.
- Effects of density altitude on takeoff and climb performance.
- Weight and balance computations.
- Principles of aerodynamics, powerplants, and aircraft systems.
- Stall awareness, spin entry, spins, and spin recovery techniques, as applicable.
- Aeronautical decision making and risk management.
- Preflight actions that include:
- How to get information on runway lengths at airports of intended use,
data on takeoff and landing distances, weather reports and forecasts,
and fuel requirements.
- How to plan for alternatives if the planned flight cannot be completed
or if you encounter delays.
- FAA PRACTICAL TEST where you fly with a FAA designated pilot examiner (similar to a driving test) to demonstrate you are a safe and competent pilot by performing the following pilot maneuvers:
- Preflight preparation.
- Preflight procedures.
- Airport operations where applicable.
- Takeoffs , landings, and go-arounds.
- Performance maneuvers.
- Ground reference maneuvers.
- Slow flight.
- Emergency Operations.
- Post-flight procedures.